Tuesday, September 06, 2005

Four Days To Better Team Work (Day 2)

Day Two - Know Where You Are Going

Once you know where your team is starting, you have to know where you are going. If you do not know what success looks like, how would you know when you got there?

Everyone on the team has to be part of defining your goals. If someone does not help you create the roadmap, you can be sure they will look for ways to knock you off course in the future.

It is crucial that everyone realizes and acknowledges the direction. Team members must realize at the end of this discussion that they are all passengers on a "Northbound Train". When you are on a northbound train you only have two choices......YOU GO NORTH or YOU GET OFF.

If someone cannot agree to the destination, they are free to leave the team. But you cannot tolerate people who will constantly question your direction and/or try to derail your progress.

This might sound harsh, but it is okay for people to leave or be asked to leave. Those who are always undercutting management by their poor attitude will not contribute to the success of the whole group. Those who will criticize fellow team members and hurt morale are more trouble than they are worth, no matter how long they have been with the company or what past successes they may have achieved. If your team supports and understands the goals, you cannot afford to coddle the naysayers.

Determine your goals and make sure you have the support of the group. Be sure your team is all on the same track. Then Go For It!!!!

Have A Great Day.

Thom Singer

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