Do you work for and with people with big, bombastic goals who want to impact everything simultaneously … and yesterday? As a leader, are you creating goals, quotas, and deadlines which make your teams roll their eyes (when you are not looking)?
Projects fail when teams are not able to become co-invested in what you propose, even if you are a respected leader of substance and worth. So how can you create environments where people buy in and comply with what is new, next, and continuously changing? After all, you want outcomes to be proactive, anticipatory, and ahead of what is coming down the road.
Being Focused On What Is Realistic, Feasible, And Achievable does not mean sticking with the status quo. Au contraire.
Consider that you and your teams are only capable of focusing on a subset of ideas and activities underneath your overarching umbrella of that Big, Bombastic Goal. Also, evaluate which ideas are related to each other across the span of several projects. I am making the assumption that you and your teams collaborate across traditional value silos.
If not, contact me here for ideas, tools, tips, and methods to build bridges to cross-functional collaboration. Why continue to reinforce existing barriers that suck the soul out of employees and stall or derail projects?
Consequently, before teams get busy looking busy fulfilling impossibilities, reconsider the anticipated outcome. For a change.
- Are the goals (timelines, budget, resources) which are set forth realistic, feasible, and achievable?
- Will those goals push the boundaries of your company beyond your core competencies? And, if so, does your company have the capacity to innovate at the edges of what is currently possible?
- Do you thoroughly understand the breadth, depth, and scope of what’s involved in those projects you create? Leaving challenges in thinking up to “somebody else” is status quo mindset (I know, ouch) because if that person is not equally co-invested, they will want to remain comfortable.
- Can far more be accomplished by exploring what is possible by accomplishing smaller, additive, goals as milestones?
Identify the smallest steps you can take together with the biggest impact on meeting your goals, which include cultural goals as well. Small successes add up during the course of projects to redefine what you and your colleagues (and stakeholders, clients and shareholders) currently identify as valuable. Something for you to chew on this week, together with colleagues? It just could be time to focus on being ahead of what is new, next, and continuously changing?
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