Actually, a better question is this;
If you are a manager, and you want to be a great manager, why wouldn’t you be a fan of the Daily 5 Minutes?
This month is the perfect time to start if you haven’t done so already, for to know well, you Mālama well.
From Managing with Aloha:
Mālama ka po‘e, care for one’s people, requires sensitivity.
Managers must learn when it’s best to take care of staff issues individually versus collectively at times, treating their staff how they expect to be treated, learning how they define their own personal dignity. This requires that they know their staff well.
Thus Mālama was a value that would come up often in our discussion of ‘Ike loa and our Daily Five Minutes, for it was usually within this daily ritual that managers would learn about what concerns their staff had, and they were gifted with the timing within which their employees chose to share it.
“Listen with Mālama” meant to listen with caring, to listen for feelings and for kaona—hidden meanings within the words that were actually spoken.
When the Daily Five Minutes was diligently programmed employees did not get lost in the shuffle of the day or go unnoticed when they were troubled—the times they need to be cared for most.
Mālama also challenges us to explore the full range of our employee’s emotional needs so they are met and not minimized or neglected. For example, do you celebrate success and reward achievement? Understand the need for recognition. Do you have practices that make allowances for loss and grieving? Realize when your understanding is needed. Do you recognize the symptoms of stress and undue pressure? Give time when time is needed.
D5M is our shortcut for The Daily Five Minutes.