As once said by one of our favorite writers, Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, "a goal without a plan is just a wish." Whether you're new to leading a team or a seasoned management veteran, moving projects forward always start with the basics. We have 5 tips that will help you guide you to move your team forward and get things.
1. Be clear about goals
Start with what you want to accomplish and what's the purpose of your project. As a reminder, remember to use the SMART method (Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant, Time Bound). Everything should be anchored to a goal—it will keep your team aligned on why you're moving a project forward. Goals ensure that everyone's effort is focused aligned to solve problems together.
2. Create an outline
Whether you use pen and paper, a whiteboard, or an app of your choice, jot it down in an outline form. Freeform writing is one way to get things down, but the most successful method is to create a list all the conditions that need to be true in order to accomplish your goals. Writing things down in a list with bullet points is the fastest way to get started. This will become your project plan.
Set a meeting with a clear agenda and go over the project outline. Be clear that you need help and discuss who is best suited to move specific parts of the project forward. Make sure that the people involved are clearly accountable with action items.
4. Follow up weekly until the project is done
While it can be challenging to get everyone on a call at the same time, schedule a 15-20 minute meeting to talk to your team about the status of their tasks and identify if there are any blockers. Focus on how to unblock action items. Keeping your follow up meetings tight will show that you respect your team's time.
5. Celebrate victories big and small
Remember to acknowledge people for their efforts and find opportunities to celebrate. This builds a positive feedback loop with your team. We're all human beings, and a little encouragement goes a long way. Plus, encouragement is free.
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