One of the most important things you can do is to identify your team’s mission.
And one of the biggest wastes of time is creating a mission statement that is not used.
How to Write a Mission Statement in 5 Steps explains what a mission statement is and how to write one. But simply writing a good statement does not ensure it will be used.
How you create it is as important as what it says.
Avoid these six common traps to craft a powerful mission statement that provides guidance for strategic decisions, focuses your team’s energies, and increases their commitment, clarity and trust.
Trap #1: Seeing this as an activity to complete.
Approaching the idea of a mission statement as a task . . . → Read More: To Craft a Powerful Mission Statement Avoid These 6 Traps
Are you starting to lose focus on your goals? If so, you’re not alone. This is the time of year a lot of people lose their focus.
The problem is that annual goal-setting doesn’t work. You can’t plan an entire year and know in advance all the goals you will need to achieve. It’s likely that many of your goals are no longer motivating and many no longer make sense.
If goal-setting hasn’t been working for you, here’s how to set the right goals that will get you where you want to go:
1. Always keep your vision in mind while choosing goals.
The point of setting goals is to support you in moving toward your vision. Without a clear vision, your goals might not . . . → Read More: How to Set the Right Goals and Make Them Work for You
There are six ways teams can make decisions. Some people believe that in a collaborative environment, consensus is the best. But that’s a big mistake.
Pushing for consensus when it’s not needed actually makes collaboration more difficult. The best collaborative environments are situational in their approach to team decision-making.
You make countless decisions every day. Knowing when and how you need to involve others, and the best team decision-making method for each situation, will help you make the right decisions, will make implementation easier and will save time in the long run.
The Six Types of Team Decisions
Individual. The individual who is responsible for the outcome makes the decision. If your office is running low on pens, the office manager can decide . . . → Read More: Situational Team Decision-Making: Collaboration Does Not Require Consensus
Wouldn’t it be nice if everyone thanked you at the end of the meeting and told you how glad they were to have been there?
How likely is that to happen?
A recent study found that for the second year in a row, workers reported meetings as “the biggest distraction and waste of time presented by the workplace.”
Did you know that time spent in meetings has skyrocketed? Harvard Business Review reports leaders spend more than two days a week in meetings, an amount that has increased every year since 2008.
Recently I had the pleasure of being interviewed by Kevin Eikenberry for his “Remarkable Leadership Online Seminar” about how to host productive meetings. We had a lively conversation which you can listen to . . . → Read More: The Art of Hosting Meaningful Meetings
When you agree on your team values, you increase trust and create a language for more effectively working together.
Values are deeply held beliefs about what is right and good and evoke standards that you care deeply about. They drive your behaviors and decisions.
Most often your values influence your behavior unconsciously. High performance teams are clear about their values and consciously make decisions based on them.
If your organization has published values, it is still helpful to identify the values that are specific to the needs and purpose of your team. It’s okay if they are not the same, as long as they are aligned and don’t conflict.
If your organization has not articulated values, it is even more important to identify your . . . → Read More: How to Identify Team Values that Unify and Guide Your Team
Victor’s team had recently delivered a couple of large projects, and he was pleased with their performance. But there was feedback that they were feeling burned out, and two people had recently requested transfers.
When I suggested creating a Team Charter, he told me, “Planning is fine, but I’m all about action. I’d rather see people take action and feel ownership than set up a bunch of rules that slow things down.”
Is Victor right? Absolutely!
When people initiate action, they assume greater responsibility for ensuring a successful outcome.
Is Victor wrong? Absolutely!
When people take random action without clear agreements with others, they are likely to waste their time and other’s as well.
Here’s the paradox:
. . . → Read More: Create a Team Charter to Go Faster and Smarter
What can you do as a team member to help your team achieve The 6 Benchmarks of High Performance Teams? There are 12 team behaviors that directly affect the quality of your team’s results, the ability to make smart decisions and the commitment to implement them.
Task behaviors focus on what is needed to get the job done. They ensure that an intelligent process is used to make smart decisions. But task behaviors alone are not enough.
In order to ensure decisions will be implemented, team members need to feel good about how decisions were made. This is why maintenance behaviors are just as important.
Become a “Participant – Observer.”
Each of the 12 team behaviors is important for your team to be effective. Most . . . → Read More: The 12 Team Behaviors That Drive Team Performance
Does your team share a real vision? Is it being lived? Does it make a difference?
Answer these 10 questions to find out how effective your vision is.
Get a reality check. Ask everyone on your team to rate the vision and discuss your answers. It’s a non-threatening way to launch a powerful team discussion.
(There’s a link to a free online version of this assessment at the bottom of this article.)
Rate each of the questions below on a 1 – 5 scale. Then total your responses to get your Score. Next read the section “What Your Score Means” to understand your Score and get ideas to help your team.
= Rarely = Occasionally = Sometimes = Usually = . . . → Read More: How Does Your Team Vision Rate?