I need to make a confession. No, it’s not about what happened last weekend in Vegas. We all know the rules about confessing those antics. In your career, do you recall when you just have “one of those days?” You have your “To Do” list at the ready, following your disciplined daily routine when all craziness breaks loose.
Recently my day didn’t follow the best laid plans when client after client needed crisis intervention, my cat surprised me at the front door with a half-eaten Robin, and when I got to the courts to play tennis – I was sneakerless. I forget them at the house when I left in the morning. One of those days!
I mean, after all the research developing the LeaderStep 7 Model, one would think I could handle Step 4 and organize my day. That’s the first part of my confession but the universe just didn’t cooperate. So, the second part of the confession is I wanted some sense of accomplishment so I posted what I did accomplish this day at the bottom of my “To Do List” and immediately crossed them out! WOW! Look at everything I got done. Nice Job! Tomorrow I’ll try again to follow Step 4 Organizing and start at the top of today’s list. After all, there is no such thing as perfection.
Organizing a team starts with goals. In fact, at the core of a team is a common goal. Without the goal, there is no team. There is a basic functioning group of individuals working towards…something. A leader creates a team (interdependent individuals) by working with the team to set goals. Once you have your targets, the team can focus energy on achieving the results through individual commitments to accomplish specified tasks. Set the goal(s) and get to work.
Develop a plan that outlines WHAT will get done, by WHOM and WHEN.
The team intuitively knows how long things take to get done (better than the boss). Collectively they make collaborative estimates and adjustments to help each other succeed and feel SAFE to voice the commitments. Together, a team setting deadlines together, in an environment of collaboration, understanding and safety, are the keys to team organizing success.
How many times have you sat in a meeting where the goal is clear, the tasks are listed and it becomes like pulling teeth to get the commitments from the team members especially about the DATE to complete? How do you handle this basic part of management? Work together with the team to create these deadlines and you will see productivity increase, commitments achieved, and team synergy that will surprise even you.
“Lost time is never found again.” —Benjamin Franklin