Have You hit your goals so far? Are your initiatives for the year on track for success?
If you’re disappointed with your results so far there’s still time to make some critical changes and ensure your team is pulling in the right direction.
If you were to ask the key people on your team if they knew what you saw as the top priority for your organization this quarter what would they say?
If you asked them to rank the items on their to do lists would their number one priority match what you see as their number one priority?
And if you asked them if they felt like they received clear guidance and direction from you so that they could do their jobs well, what would they say?
Reaching your financial goals requires the work and efforts of the entire team, but frequently leaders don’t communicate with their team as well as they think they are.
No matter how great your vision is it won’t become a reality unless your team members are all pulling in the same direction with the same end goals in mind.
If they are focused on the wrong things or have different priorities than you do, well then it will take you longer to reach your goals. Picture a relay race where your team starts with one runner carrying the baton and that runner decides to keep the baton himself and run all the way with it or he does hand it off but the next runner heads off in the wrong direction taking the team off course. They may eventually finish the race but they won’t win it and it won’t be very impressive.
Entrepreneurs often take their ideas and run with them forgetting to hand off to others who can help get them to their goals, or they do hand them off but they forget to tell the next person on the team what direction the finish line is.
A communication plan is the key to getting the right things done!
A defined communication path will set clear direction that ensures your team members understand what you want them working on and when. Team alignment is a key part of winning your race. Never underestimate the importance of communication & alignment in reaching your goals.
A communication plan will:
- Share your vision with your team and ensure everyone knows what the company mission is
- Deliver clear directions and expectations from you to your team.
- Get questions answered solve issues and provide clarity and support for your team.
- provide consistent follow up on expectations; that includes recognition as well as redirection.
- Keep your team running for the right finish line and on schedule.
If you leverage your vision with talented people receiving clear communication from you, everyone will be racing in the same direction and crossing the finish line a lot faster.
And that is a win for everyone.
It’s not to late to design a communication plan that will put you on track for a successful 2016!
Call or email to schedule a communication assessment and let me help you hit your goals for 2016.
Suzanne Lyon Mollerud