Memoir leading a team
I was on a road trip right after completing an exciting product launch. One of the many things I love about these road trips is that it makes you think and retrospect. The thinking becomes very clear and as memory was fresh, used the opportunity to pen things I learnt and realized leading a high performing team.
- It is of paramount importance that at any given point the team understands what they need to do and that they have all the information and means to do to their best.
- Ensure everybody have a good understanding of what success looks like. Re-visit it adequately and adapt as and when required.
- Take good care of your people and let them feel cared. Treat your team members like human beings with emotions and not as yet another project resource.
- Have direct communication with stakeholders as much as possible. Have your internal and external stakeholder well informed at every juncture.
- Have the skill to select the high impact items over low impact items for your products. Items you select should delivery maximum benefit for your product in market.
- Be accommodative of change, always have alternatives. Have a plan for the known unknowns and anticipate unknown unknowns.
- Define your metrics early, constantly measure and these measurements should guide you to have discussion with the team and strive to continuously improve.
- Be creative and encourage out of the box thinking. Encourage an environment where feedback is welcomed, team members feels empower and their inputs valued.
- Facilitate development of trust within the team and with external teams. Encourage informal networks to get things done and cultivate a collaborative work culture.
- It’s important every team member vividly see their growth road map that up skill them. Have a plan for their future growth and success.
Roads were made for journeys not destinations