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Archive for March, 2017

Exploring a Reorganization? Think “ideal” team.

Here’s a great way to explore your next reorganization…..Focus on the ideal roles and responsibilities of the new team. At first, avoid taking your existing employees’ strengths and/or weaknesses into consideration. If that sounds cold, I assure you it’s not. It’s a way to fully explore your best organization while avoiding barriers relating to existing talent and/or limited resources.

As you’re exploring the new infrastructure, ask yourself these questions to help you stick to exploring the “ideal” team:

– What leadership and support roles are needed to move the new organization forward?
– What specific skills, knowledge, and experience will each role call for in the new organization?
– What skills and/or knowledge are crucial to each role and which skills and/or knowledge may be negotiable or transferable?

Once the ideal roles are defined, then it’s time to take a close look at the individuals and talent you currently have to fulfill those roles. You’ll be better-equipped to identify strong matches and/or where there may be skill gaps.

The skill gaps will offer a guide to an individual’s professional development and coaching plan. Or, they might disqualify someone from being considered for a role. This will depend on how wide the gaps may be, or how transferable the needed skills are.

Ultimately, you may decide to adjust a role to best fit a highly-valued employee who is making significant contributions. Or, you might adjust the org chart to best suit the ensemble of talent and resources available to you in your existing organization.

Whatever the outcome, you will have fully explored your options. You’ll have a handle on your team’s current and future development needs. And, with your chosen team in place, you’ll be free to focus on further maximizing the success and outcomes of the new organization.

Are you leading an organization? Checklist to help you maintain that crucial bird’s eye view.

Your ability to maintain a comprehensive view of the organization you’re leading is crucial. It’s a bird’s-eye view that will enable you to guide, facilitate, strengthen, and grow the business.

Healthy organizations have leaders who:

– provide strategic direction
– set expectations and require accountability for performance
– maintain their understanding of where the strong and weak links/talents are
– identify, coach, and maximize talent
– delegate effectively (without micromanaging)
– engage employees in problem-solving
– swoop in, as needed, and promptly return to the helm to guide and facilitate success

In the midst of incredible pressures to perform, making it a priority to maintain your bird’s eye view will increase your ability to lead and succeed.