As a leader or a manager, it is your job to create an environment where everyone can meet their potential. Furthermore, it is your job to keep the team heading in the right direction. Most managers have their own superiors, and what matters most to them is their ability to deliver results and being able to meet goals. Basically, setting goals is not enough to actually achieve them. With all of that, how can a leader or manager do everything without compromising the work environment in a team?
On the basis of our customer case studies and different successful leadership methodologies, we at Weekdone compiled 7 steps which will guarantee your successful outcome as a team. Choose a suitable medium for you! The 7 steps come in the form of slides, text, or infographic for your convenience.
7 Step Guide For a Leader to Deliver Results as a Team
Step #1: Big picture and goals
It is absolutely vital that everyone on your team understands the bigger picture. This is especially true when examing their role of reaching the Objective. People with goals tend to achieve 10 times as much as people with no goals at all. So, the ideal thing to do is to set a company goal with measurable metrics. Then, you should find a singular location (such as a dashboard) or a forum to share this knowledge. With that in mind, you can then align your company goal with each member of the team. Even the act of writing down a goal increases the odds of achieving it, helping you to really deliver results.
Step #2: Assign tasks according to each team member's strengths
In order for your team members to be happy and productive, it is essential to play to their strengths. According to the Gallup survey, employees are 61% more engaged if their managers focuses on their strengths. In addition, people feel better doing tasks that they are good at and, most importantly, they perform better. Make sure you know your team's strengths and give tasks accordingly.
Step #3: Sharing and delivering results
Teams achieve better chemistry and results if there is a dashboard or forum to share ideas. At Weekdone, we urge leaders to implement a suitable brainstorming format to generate ideas within your team. There are many different formats out there to choose from. The benefits of brainstorming and sharing ideas are essentially getting ideas, solving problems, and overall, being better as a team. Furthermore, brainstorming serves as a good "idea bank" where everyone can contribute. For example, this "idea bank's" results may lead to process innovation, operations, and product innovation.
Step #4: Increase engagement by implementing methodologies
One of the key parts of achieving your goals is repetition with a system that helps to keep the work process going. In the beginning, I already emphasized the importance of goals and that the best methodology for that is Objectives and Key Results – OKRs. OKRs are used by the likes of Google, LinkedIN, and Zynga. Using a goal setting and tracking method helps people to start moving towards important goals, not small unimportant tasks. On the other hand, employees love it for the clarity of knowing what's expected from them.
I also urge you to try out the Problems, Plans and Progress – PPP methodology. It is used by companies like Skype and it helps to enhance team collaboration and keep everyone informed. It also clarifies what needs to be done in order to achieve a certain goal.
Step #5: Constantly improve the work process
Using PPP methodology helps to bring out the flaws and problems of your team's work process. In order to achieve the results as efficiently as possible, it is critical to make continuous improvements in your workflow. As a leader, it is recommended to check in regularly to see how everybody is doing and if they need a push to get them over a hump. This can be done in an online status update format or just by talking to your team members individually.
Step #6: Encourage and motivate
All methodologies and goal setting techniques are tools to help your team achieve better results, but we have to remember that we are dealing with humans. People are emotional beings and by setting goals and giving tasks according to their strengths increases the odds of success, but it does not mean that you should not motivate them. The best times to encourage and motivate your team is at the beginning and the final part of the process. People tend to get stuck and in order for them to finish their task, it is recommended to reinforce the fact that they are moving in the right direction. They should also be informed that they are a vital part of the outcome.
Step #7 Deliver results with feedback and recognition
On the last step, I started to touch on the emotional side of delivering results. There is still one last thing leaders should not forget. Give your team members feedback and recognition. These two elements are known to motivate people more than money. In addition, regular feedback makes everyone twice as happy and makes sure they are engaged.
To conclude, setting and sharing goals with your team is a good starting point to make sure you deliver results. Make sure you have implemented the suitable work process for your team and urge everybody to make improvements. As a leader, you can provide the necessary tools, but in the end, it is the team that delivers the results. So, make sure you motivate them by giving feedback and encouraging them if needed. Following these 7 steps should guarantee a successful outcome. Be the best leader you can be and share this knowledge with your team right now.
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