Guiding Principles


I have recently been working with a group of leaders in the global IT business. In a group coaching session one of the participants from this group, who is a few months into the role and had a very heavy travel schedule, mentioned that he has been spending a lot of that time getting to know his teams and the markets across a number of countries. During our discussion I asked what his agenda was when he visited the teams and he responded that he had a process. These were a set of four principles that he has used for many years. He uses these principles for both himself and his teams as a guide and to ensure that everyone is aligned. I was impressed that he could articulate these ideas and I thought the principles were good. I decided I would share them in this newsletter as a way to prompt you towards thinking about your Guiding Principles.
The Principles ( I have modified them to fit this context)

  1. Is the action I am taking in line with meeting my Targets/Outcomes/KPIs?
  2. Is what I am doing helping to develop my team?
  3. Is this process scalable?
  4. Is this global best practice?

What I like about these principles is that they encourage us to reflect on our own actions and consider how we are supporting our teams. They assist us in considering if our results can be replicated in a systemic way and if it aligns with best practice.
Do you have a set of guiding principles that you can articulate succinctly? If so what are they? Please share what they are and how you utilise them.