Ed Koch was a three-term mayor of New York City in the 80’s and was famous for his “how’m I doin” tagline. Walking around the city Ed would ask random New Yorker’s “how’m I doin?”. I doubt a politician would do this today though it would probably serve us all well if they would start.
The answer to this question can be critical to your survival. While your future isn’t determined by votes from the staff, it is still important for you to gather feedback from those you are leading as well as those you interact with regularly.
I suggest that you implement a leadership “how’m I doin” walk. Take some time weekly or monthly to walk around your office asking random people how you are doing. The random people should be those you work with regularly and not people who don’t have regular interactions with you. Don’t forget to go vertically, make sure that you regularly ask your boss how they feel you are doing too.
In addition to your walks, periodically do self-assessments. These regular career assessments will help you stay on track to achieve the career you want.
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