Good morning, everyone. My name is Hugh Blane, and this is the Monday Morning Minute.
This is video number six in a six-video series that I’ve done about high-performance teams and breakthrough performance.
Over the last six weeks, we have talked about
1. Clarifying your desired future
2. Creating alignment
3. Clarifying your desired results and expectations
4. Crafting a team agreement, and
5. Cultivating exemplary performance
Today we’re going to talk about creating action, accountability, and the plan that can then be promoted to everyone so that they say, “This is exactly what we’re going to do.” There are three steps that this action, authority, and accountability plan must include.
1. You must define the roles and the responsibilities of each member on the team.
I have said in the past that you must let each person know what they’re responsible for. This is a little bit more of a global issue. This is clarifying what each person is responsible for, in totality, to enhance team performance. For example, the team sponsor is responsible for shepherding the mission of the team with other individuals, so they are an evangelist going broad and wide. You may also have a change agent, they are responsible for getting other people bought into the change initiative and what you’re trying to achieve. You must define these roles and the responsibilities for every individual.
2. You must define the decision-making process for the team.
When there is a decision that needs to be made, who is the ultimate person responsible? How will you make the decision? Is it based on consensus, or is it based on one individual having the full responsibility of that area and they are charged with making the decision? Define upfront who is responsible, what their role is as well as how you will make decisions.
3. Put everything we’ve talked about in writing.
Number three is to create the action plan that is very clear. This involves clarifying who is responsible for what and how this links with what we as a team are committed to achieving. This is the timeframe. This is how we’re going to measure it. Every single thing gets put into one document. It is circulated to everyone, and you have regular meetings to check in.
Creating high performance teams can be chunked down into six steps. This last step really is where a lot of teams break down. They have wonderful ideas, but they don’t have the action plan. Execution, being able to take the idea and execute on it and drive it and overcoming obstacles, is absolutely essential.
Ladies and gentlemen, I hope that these six steps are going to help you create truly high performing teams that create breakthrough performance. With that said, I hope you’ve enjoyed this series. This is the sixth video. We’re going to go to something different next time. If you have any questions, please go to the blog, and I will happily give you my thoughts.
That’s it. I hope you have a fabulous week. I’ll see you here next week. Take care.