Almost two years ago, when I joined @apcoworldwide I asked Mamoon the MD and Imad my line manager to build a team for storytelling and video production. They were open to the suggestion, supported the initiative and gave me the opportunity to put my entrepreneurial skills into action.
It was a long run, we made a progress. The team which has been started by one person became a team of 7 young enthusiastic souls.
On Wednesday, while the team was gathered for a brainstorming session, I told them that usually I evaluate their performance, learning progress, etc… but today they have to review my performance honestly to help me to learn and improve as much as I care about each of them. That’s how we can learn from each other in the team.
I asked our HR team to assist them in defining the areas of evaluation. I asked them to make it anonymous and I left the room.
To be honest, I was scared. This was a real test of the team dynamics, values and everything. If I failed I was ready to step down and leave but my desire to learn from this experience was stronger than any of my fears.
Looking to the filled half of the cup, this experience made the ties between us stronger and I’m glad that I’m not a horrible line manager 😅
I learned many lessons from this experience. I knew more about my weaknesses and strengths. I had a honest feedback from the team which I appreciate the most.
The results have been shared with the HR. They offered to support me to work on the areas that I need to develop and to strengthen what I’m good at too.
I really encourage every line manager to ask his team to review his performance and to remove all the barriers. Transparency and honesty are always keys to build a strong team and there is no team building activity as strong as this one.