Have you ever seen a really really hot celebrity on late night television and thought – my, what’s their secret, how are they so skinny/fit/hot/scrumptious?

Reality check, there is no secret: they worked hard at it, they weren’t born with a six-pack (imagine if it worked that way)! They dedicated time to the cause and reaped the rewards.

They didn’t get fit because they bought the treadmill, they used it, multiple times a week and – boom – results!

I know what you must be thinking: why the heck did I bring that up! Well #1 i’m trying to do a fitness thing and that was pretty motivational for me, #2 I want to set up an analogy for getting the most from Rypple.

So, lets replace treadmill with Rypple and “getting fit” with “being a good leader”.  This gives us: great leaders don’t become great leaders because they’ve got Rypple on their shelves, they used it, multiple times a week and saw results.

But how does that work? The same way a personal trainer gives you a workout regimen; a community coach can help you with a feedback regimen, a set of activities you can do monthly to help be a better leader. BUT, like a personal trainer this program can vary from person to person, or from company to company. However, there is always a place to start that makes sense for everyone.

So here we go – the Rypple Regimen:

Step 1: Fitness Test: Are you good at coaching?

See the thing is, I can’t answer that for you – this is one for the team.  Good thing Rypple has a feature that allows you to ask them anonymously ;)

Using Rypple’s feedback tool, ask your team this; ”I’m looking to be a better coach and would love your feedback – what are one or two things I can do to help support you better? (p.s. this is anonymous so your honesty is much appreciated)”

If this comes back clean, amazing, keep doing what your doing. Or even better,  give us a call – we’d would love to learn some leadership lessons! If there are areas to improve, lets move on.

Step 2: Get off to the right start – set up your first 1:1′s

Lets take a page off Googles Rules to be a good coach and set up regular 1:1′s. Here are the steps:

  1. Create a connection in Rypple
  2. Go into your calendar (Google, outlook, lotus, etc..) and set up a reoccurring 1:1 (recommendation: schedule 15 minutes every 2 weeks with each person you coach)
  3. In the subject line – link in Rypple

Step 3: Talk about the important stuff

What do you even talk about at the 1:1? Here are some great tips.

-5 ways to rock your first 1:1(don’t forget to set long term goals in Rypple)

- Every subsequent meeting after, take a page from Deb Richardson from Mozilla and document it in your connection page:

“Over the months I’ve established a more-or-less standard format for my 1:1 prep notes that includes five fairly straightforward sections:

  • Accomplishments & status (review your Thanks)
  • Blocked/Waiting on
  • To do over the next week (Set up actions in Rypple)
  • Areas to develop (Make sure you note them out)
  • Quarterly goal tracking (Link those actions to goals)”

- Need feedback tips? Learn from other great bosses

Step 4: Lather Rinse and Repeat

After some time coaching feel free to repeat the steps again – ask your team what you can do better and adjust accordingly. Always make sure you’re continuously learning.

Step 5-ish: Don’t forget to say thanks

Rypple wouldn’t be Rypple without saying Thanks.  For managers, we usually recommend 1-2 thanks a week BUT more importantly we encourage managers to encourage their team to give Thanks. Peer thanks is equally, if not more important, then top-down thanks.

Please don’t forget to do this because odds are (statistically) – you aren’t doing it enough. As Jill Geisler states:

In the book, “Give to Get Leadership: The Secret of the Hidden Paycheck,” the authors cite a survey of 3,000 managers and a sampling of their employees. The bosses were asked to rate themselves on a scale of 1 (never) to 5 (always) on the statement: “I let my subordinates know when they are doing a good job.” The bosses’ average response was 4.3. Their employees, however, gave them a 2.3.

There we go – 5 quick tips on how you can get the most from Rypple, happy to chat about specific examples, goals, programs from other teams, but more importantly – how do YOU use Rypple?

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Charmaine Abalajon is a member of the Product and Community group at Rypple and works tirelessly to help users get the most from the service. Prior to joining Rypple Charmaine dabbled in many industries; from Fritolay to PWC and McCain to TELUS. Fun Fact: she once complimented the tie of the German Minister of Agriculture during Oktoberfest in Munich (it was lime green with little tractors)!