Wednesday, September 07, 2005

Four Days To Better Team Work (Day 3)

Day Three - Take Action

Now that you know where you are and where you are going, you must take action. Most organizations make all kinds of plans, but never do anything to convert them into reality. Once you have defined what is "success", you should divide the work among your team and let them start achieving. Look closely at your the member's strengths and assign people clearly defined tasks that are inside their "sweet-spot".

Most people that I have worked with like to have action items. They want to know what their boss and co-workers expects. They take pride in doing a good job.

Once you have assigned the tasks, you must hold your team accountable. I do not mean that you need to hover over them (micromanage) or constantly ask them for progress reports....but you need open two-way communication with the entire group, (both one-on-one and with the whole team) so that you are aware of how things are progressing. You do not want to be surprised by any successes or failures along the way.

Remember that taking action is an important step in the achievement of your goals. Without action, a goal is simply a "wish".

"If wishes were horses, then beggars would ride." -An Irish Proverb

(my Irish grandmother loved this saying, though I still am not fully sure I know what it means!!!)

Have A Great Day.

Thom Singer

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