The FranklinCovey group calls it “Clarify Purpose”. Microsoft labels it as “Create Clarity”. In one of the most watched TED Talks of all time, leadership thought leader and speaker, Simon Sinek, stresses that the best leaders “”. Regardless of the exact wording, the leadership principle rings true across a multitude of platforms – direction. Teams benefit from, thrive on and crave direction from their leaders.
- Only 37 percent of those polled, said they have a clear understanding of what their organization is trying to achieve and why.
- Only 1 in 5 was enthusiastic about their team’s and organization’s goals.
- Only 1 in 5 workers said they have a clear “line of sight” between their tasks and their team’s and organizational goals.
- Only half were satisfied with the work they have accomplished at the end of the week.
- Only 15 percent felt that their organization fully enables them to execute key goals.
- Only 15 percent felt they worked in a high-trust environment.
- Only 17 percent felt their organization fosters open communication and better ideas
- Only 10 percent felt that their organization holds people accountable for results.
- Only 20 percent fully trusted the organization they work for.
- Only 13 percent have high-trust, highly cooperative working relationships with other groups or departments.
- First, assess your reality. Zoom out and ask yourself: Do I have a fully engaged and productive team? Do they really know why they are at work each day? Do they have the skills and resources to accomplish what is expected of them?
- Second, ask your team regularly about their priorities. and how to best structure it.
- Third, for a simple tool to track your own priorities and review your team’s individual priorities with you as well.