The Purpose of Your Team

If there is one activity that you should always be revisiting with your team, it’s their purpose.  Even now, especially now, with your team disrupted, its a great opportunity to take 15 minutes and think about what your team’s purpose is and how they are executing towards that vision.

You will not need complicated presentation decks or spreadsheets.

You will not need to take an afternoon off and go on a spiritual retreat.

A purpose is what gives your team a line to follow, a direction to go and a way to point the ship.  Without it, your team (and you) are responding to the whims and needs of others on an ongoing basis and never really developing beyond their current path.  You are there for others, but not for your most important asset, yourselves.

To get started, all you will need is, yourself, alone and 15 minutes to ask yourself these questions.

What are we currently working on?

Is it the best use of our abilities?

What should we be focused on?

What do we need to do to get there?

What would our next step be?

That’s it, five questions.  Maybe you want to jot down your answers, maybe you want to go through each member of your team (and yourself) or maybe you just want to debate the topic in your head back and forth.  However you do it, it starts with those five questions in figuring out your purpose.

Your initial answers will likely surprise you and worse you might not be happy with the results.

Good, that’s the idea.

If you’ve never done this, then your team most likely has no purpose so now is the time for you to put that short and long term vision together and come up with what it should be.  Once you have your own thoughts on the matter, share it with your team, get their feedback on what they want to do, where they want to go, and what they see as the challenges and roadbocks in front of them.

You might find that they want to set the bar higher and do more than what you have “conservatively” written out and/or vice-versa, perhaps you are pushing too hard, too fast.

Good, that’s the idea.

Get everyone on the same page, layout a plan and make it happen.

Then, the next time you do this, you’ll have something to look back on to see if your team is still executing to this purpose and whether they are on track.  Once you get into the habit of doing it, you’ll notice you’re doing it every month and course-correcting as you go to make it work with the new variables that are thrown out at you.

Good, that’s the idea.

Want more? Check out my book Code Your Way Up – available as an eBook or Paperback on Amazon (CAN and US).

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