The Coates Perspective for March 1, 2013
“Steering Organizations To New Horizons.”
Keeping Your Team On Track
In the business world busyness does not always indicate profitability. Activity does not always equate to accomplishment. Priority on the right projects and with the right people is what leads to success. In other words, in order to keep the main thing the main thing everyone on the team needs to be on the same page. This requires what I call, “A prioritized mindset.”
Many organizations get off message when “missional drift” takes place within the team. Seldom does getting off message occur overnight, but over time the leaders wake up and ask, “How in the world did we get here?” It takes a strong leader to hit the reset button when the mission is heading down the wrong path. For instance, Stephen Covey once observed, “A leader is the one who climbs the tallest tree, surveys the entire situation, and yells, ‘Wrong jungle!’”
It might be awkward. You might need to do a 180-degree turn. Some may even question your judgment. But a good leader has the necessary confidence and awareness to know that his or her organization and team is in the wrong jungle. Reassessing the right priorities with the right team will always produce the right results.
Here is the take-a-way for the leader who desires to prioritize the activities of the team. How is it done? What does a leader have to do in order to bring every teammate on board and keep everyone on track? Here are a few suggestions:
1. Stay away from the squeaky wheel. You’ve got to set the example and show the discipline that will not chase every “good idea” down the rabbit hole.
2. Stay focused on today’s agenda, not on the one tomorrow. Yes, there is a place for visionary thinking, but don’t lose today’s present opportunity for tomorrow’s hope.
3. Stay simple. A lot of what you are facing is not rocket science. When you have simple priorities then you are relieved of the pressure of creating more things to do to fill your busy schedule.
You’ve read my perspective. Now, I’d love to hear yours. What are you thinking? How does your team make and keep the right priorities?
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