Team Planning: Make Sure You're Doing the Right Work, Right!
Are you clear on where you are heading? Is everyone in your team clear on where you are going? Do you and your team understand why you are doing the work you are doing?
Planning is key to knowing what you have coming up and being able to make informed decisions on how and where you spend your time, energy, and resources. Making sure that you align your work with organisations strategies and missions means your work has purpose; aligning your work with your long-term career and personal goals will help ensure you stay motivated and driven to succeeding in what you do.
When was the last time you sat down with your team and ensured that your tasks and activities aligned with both the organisational goals, and the individual goals of everyone in your team? If you are reading this, you’re probably the type of person that has ensured everyone’s tasks are aligned to the organisational goals, but you may not have done the same for personal goals, or you may not be doing it often enough, simply because ‘doing the work’ gets in the way of making sure you are doing the right work.
So, make sure that on top of your annual planning and that you check in quarterly and even weekly to make sure everyone is doing the most important work. For those bigger planning meetings, having a structured process is key to using time effectively, and ensuring that you don’t get stuck in paralysis by analysis. If you’re after some possible conversations to run, why not check out these three? Each conversation is an hour-long, leader-led conversation that’s practical and ensures continual learning and accountability.
Focus on shifting from fighting fires to completing truly valuable work. Humans naturally gravitate to urgency, so this conversation will equip you with the skills necessary to prioritise importance over urgency. Use this conversation as a powerful reminder to question whether specific tasks are actually of benefit to you or the organisation.
Maximise your team members’ productivity by discovering different tactics and ways of thinking about pace. In this conversation you will focus on balancing short and longer term goals in a way that maximises your productivity.
Team members completing this workshop will be more deliberate in their actions, and learn to accept more responsibility for their actions (or lack of action).
Whether you use the above conversations and their associated accountability dashboards is up to you. The most important thing is to make sure you plan and prioritise your team’s year and align it with organisation’s strategic goals. Remember to frequently and regularly check-in to make sure that your daily work is still relevant and the right work to be doing.