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Ordering the Special

Jan 04, 2021

There’s one thing I miss most about dining out less frequently these days:

The specials.

Whenever I go to a restaurant, I always ask about these unexpected options.

“I think I’ll have the espresso-crusted squid belly with the sweet potato puree and the wild grape juice reduction.”

Specials give me an easy way to expand what little palate I have.

I’ve always mixed things up in this same way when it comes to my leadership approach.

Not all of my experiments stick, of course, but I’ll never know which leadership techniques I like if I don’t try them.

As we kick off the new year, it’s the perfect opportunity to try out a new leadership “special”.

Here are a few examples:

✅ Start your next team meeting with a fun “learn something new about one another” exercise.
✅ Change up your professional development plan template.
✅ Invite a guest from outside of your department to join your next team meeting, and discuss their work and objectives.
✅ Ask each of your team members to anonymously describe your leadership style in one word.

What other leadership specials would you recommend?