Would you agree that a strong management team is known for its:
Purpose, Clarity, Focus, Structure, Discipline, Creativity and Flexibility?
Would you also agree that what leaders and managers desire the most are: fewer surprises (having an increased knowledge of what’s really going on without micro-managing), all teams working well together (everyone collaborating and resolving issues with very little of leadership’s time) and better results (things are being done correctly, on time and within budget)?
If your answer is yes to these questions, then you’d probably also agree that in order for all this to happen, structure for leading the organization is required vs. flying by the seat of your pants. No one likes to admit the latter but if you’re constantly in firefighting mode trapped on daily hot issues, then you’re flying…
The first step is to enhance communication within your organization which will keep everyone focused on the main issues - we call this Connect & Align. What we don't want is to wait until Sunday night or Monday morning to prioritize our week.
Imagine each person individually posting to a shared tool their 5-10 major priorities by 4:00pm every Friday. This would give the team visibility to each person's priorities. In addition, over the weekend and throughout the week they would post to each other their thoughts, suggestions and questions in this private, secure tool. Many things normally ignored in the weekly meeting or lost in emails will now get noticed. Formerly hidden but important items will become opportunities for collaboration, encouragement and recognition. It will create and expand understanding of everyone's role so each department can work together better.
By Monday morning, they’ll be more connected and aligned than they’ve ever been starting a week. And with this process in place, you’ll be hugely more productive when you have your team meetings. This is because everyone will already be aware of what each other is focused on and will have previously given input. Your meetings can now give more attention to the issues that require face-to-face collaboration.