He always used to ask, are you using all your strength?
I would go back thinking I need to do more, so I would put more effort into the project.
An incredible boss who would push his team beyond their mental limit at work. He would push his team beyond their #comfortzones.
What empowered his team was the fact that he would have these conversations one on one and not in a group.
I was working on a challenging assignment, and the project required me to put all my strengths to make it a success.
In the review meetings for this project, he would nudge me saying, are you sure you are using all your strengths?
After 3 or 4 times, I finally said, "Yes, Boss, I have used it all."
I could not think of anything significant I was missing.
He said, "No, you have not."
I asked him, "What am I missing?"
He said, "Ketan, this is something I always want you to remember."
"We ignore our managers, colleagues, stakeholders and work network while counting our strength. We tend to focus too much on ourselves."
"What else is a team, workplace network or a manager for, if we can't come together and play to everyone's strengths?"
I did not have anything to say.