31 August 2017

Goals are much easier to achieve when everyone on your team is on the same boat

As a business leader, you may be confident in your own level of focus and productivity, but are you as effective in motivating everyone around you to be the same? Working with teams is another story. Sometimes, there’s really no guarantee that everyone in your team is working towards the same objectives, staying on track, and coming up with great new ideas as you are.

That’s why you need to establish a scheme that will help keep your team focused and productive. While every person has his or her own source of motivation to work, it’s really the leader’s job to make sure everyone in the team is aligned in terms of collective goals. But how do great leaders do that?

Always double check everyone’s understanding of things

What’s obvious to you might not be so obvious for your team members, especially when you don’t get to talk to them often. Make certain that you are able to clearly establish your personal and business whys and project objectives to the team, while also making surethat everyone is up to speed and working towards the same goals. Remember, it only takes one or two people deviating off track to bring your efforts and hard work to its demise, so it’s very crucial to make sure things are crystal clear with everyone before they start working.

Create a culture of to-do lists

Be an advocate of using to-do lists to ensure that everyone knows what they’re supposed to be doing to meet the company’s goals. To-do lists can help your team become focused instead of floundering about with little or no direction. Having a systematic way of doing things and determining levels of priority can dramatically improve productivity not only as individual team members but as a group.

Keep an open and respectful communication line within your team

A focused, productive team is one in which every member feels like they have a voice and that voice is heard. As much as you can, create an environment where everyone should feel able to articulate their opinions and needs. The best breakthroughs often happen when open, respectful, and honest communication is encouraged among team members.

Give their jobs meaning and provide context in what they do

People will always want to know that they make a difference. When you put your team’s work into a meaningful context, you tap into their deepest yearnings. The problem is that your team member may be so caught up in their work and their jobs are so compartmentalised that they often miss the bigger story of how their work contributes to the overall growth of the company. Leaders who reframe daily responsibilities by providing personal context can give their employees something more meaningful to work for, thus making them more focused and strive on becoming more productive.

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