If you could change just one thing about the place you work, what would it be?

Yesterday I spoke to a group of managers for a construction company about leadership. I covered information out of John Maxwell’s book “The Five Levels of Leadership” because I think it is one of the best books written on the subject of increasing your ability to lead. 

At the end of the presentation, I always ask the question that is the title of this blog post; If you could change on thing about the place you work, what would it be?  Since the CEO is in the room, I place scratch paper on each table and ask each person to write their answer down, crumple the piece of paper up and toss it into the middle of the table. Then I ask for at least one piece of paper to be thrown at me from each table. 

The answers are always similar. Communication, training, better leadership. I don’t tell participants until the first piece of paper is thrown at me that there is one best answer, and that I have yet to give a presentation in which the best answer every showed up on a piece of paper. The answer focuses on the only thing each of us has full control over. 

The answer is me.