A few questions about your company - and you


I was going through some material I created several years ago for a national franchising company. We were discussing leadership, and how critical it is to not only set the example to follow but to also inspire leadership within others. Important stuff.

The thing that caught my attention was a short list of questions I put at the end of the slideshow in case the interactive discussion with the 150 participants wasn't as, well, interactive as I predicted it would be. It turned out that we didn't end up getting to the "Thoughtful Questions" I had prepared.

And it turns out that these questions are pretty timely today:

1.  What does your company look like right now?

a. Be honest and realistic

2. What could it look like in 5-10 years?

a. What do you really want?

b. Let your passion guide you

c. Paint a broad picture

3. How much does your team share your vision?

a. Is it just words on a wall somewhere?

b.Do you feel like a broken record?

4. How much can they influence the pace and ability for your company to get there?

a. Must be willing

b. Must be able

c. How much might they be holding you back?

5.How much are you personally setting the example for them to follow?

a. Your example is the strongest teacher – relationships, money, growth, reasons behind doing things

b. How can you encourage them to enlist in your effort?

So, does this list speak to you?

Chris Hutchinson, CEO

Chris Hutchinson, CEO


Chris Hutchinson

As CEO of Trebuchet Group, Chris Hutchinson thrives working with clients and his team to improve organizational clarity, teamwork, and leadership impact.

After years of building Legos® and tree houses around the world, Chris earned his Mechanical Engineering degree and followed that with an MBA. His experiences in the military and the business world taught him great leadership can be learned, and everyone is in some way a leader.

Clients and peers describe him as an inspirational catalyst for positive change. He is the author of Ripple - A Field Manual for Leadership That Works.

Chris and his wife live, garden, and bike in Fort Collins, Colorado, and have four children. He has an unrequited love affair with brownies.