Leading teams of multiple generations is downright interesting. Each generation in the workplace (Veterans, Boomers, Generation X and Millennials) has differences in communications, work styles and processing potential (to name a few) that are causing havoc in developing collaborative and cohesive teams.
Within Family Businesses, this process gets even more confusing because business is also personal. Without clear and well defined expectations that are known and honored by all, things can get very convoluted, uncomfortable, and lack efficiency and productivity. To clear the path for greater success and an environment of teamwork toward a common goal, it is important to set expectations that are simple through highly powerful themes or shared visions for how the future unfolds. This also includes placing great value on listening acutely to each others needs in order to be fully engaged and aligned to the purpose of your organizational structure. Though having a strong strategy and being able to execute effectively around some set priorities is very important. Unless everyone is clearly on board, the possibility of greatly accomplishing the most optimized vision has the possibility of not getting done.
Recently, a colleague of mine used the word “calibrate” while we were discussing the importance of having people and processes fully aligned. It got me thinking. One definition of calibrate according to Webster to adjust or mark something so that it can be used in an accurate and exact way. This concept of measuring before adjusting doesn’t just apply to instruments. It can apply to people, teams, processes, and business in general. Let’s simplify the steps for the sake of demonstration:
- Define your goal, share in detail with your team and define a plan to achieve.
- Work the plan while always keeping the ultimate goal at the forefront of all activity.
- Actively and in real time measure your progress toward reaching that goal.
- CALIBRATE your approach to maximize time, talent and resources as necessary until you accomplish what you desire.
Can it be that simple?
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