Everyone has been in a situation where they are fully loaded with tasks yet struggle to achieve their desired outcomes. Who hasn’t experienced it?
This feeling is familiar to many employees across various projects, whether in IT, strategy, product innovation, or even construction. Unfortunately, under time pressure or competitive stress, teams often lose sight of the essential aspects that drive success.
In such scenarios, project teams, sub-project managers, or product owners delve into details until the early hours of the morning, propelled by exceptional motivation, team spirit, and a relentless drive to perform. While this intense effort may yield short-term results, it often leads to burnout among entire teams or individual top performers. Today, we understand that true effectiveness lies in recognizing the significance of individual activities within the context of their overall impact.
Merely adjusting the intensity of work or the speed of the assembly line is no longer sufficient. In today’s context, the performance and effectiveness of entire teams or departments rely not on individual strivers or worker bees, but on collective performance. In other words, it’s no longer about the number of hours worked; it’s about the actual impact achieved.
To achieve effectiveness, it is crucial to entrust the essential building blocks—the teams—and their members with information and tasks. By empowering these teams, they can independently drive success within a framework of appropriate coordination.
To sustainably increase team effectiveness and avoid burnout or failure, consider implementing the following three steps:
Ensure transparency in goal setting.
Effectiveness requires aligning the performance components of team members or employees with a common goal. This fosters effective performance and enhances team commitment.
When all essential team members understand the central levers needed to achieve results, they can not only focus on their own tasks but also recognize the significance of connected activities. This shift from partial optimization to holistic optimization brings about greater effectiveness.
Ensure regular coordination opportunities.
Project management experience has shown that steps one and two can only take hold in the minds of individuals through regular personal exchanges. A shared understanding of the common goal is essential for working together towards its achievement. Similarly, recognizing the importance of central levers can only be achieved when they are acknowledged collectively.