As a leader, you have many important jobs. In a business setting though, one of the most important of these is simply making sure that your team reaches its targets and goals.
You will be put in charge of a group by your managers, and the reason for this is so that you can help them to get the business to where they think it needs to be. This likely means earning a certain amount of profit, taking on a certain number of new clients, or perhaps turning over more work.
Whatever the case, you need to decide how to help your team to get there. So how do you do that?
The first step is to break those overarching targets down into smaller and more accomplishable goals. This will help you to see whether or not you are on track to meet the targets at any given point. Have you reached X milestone within the expected timeframe?
You should make sure that these milestones are not too tight, and that they leave a little bit of space for error and leeway. It’s not a good idea to try and race toward a deadline as it will create a stressed atmosphere and it will likely lead to you getting behind schedule which can be very difficult to recover from.
Once you have your goals, you need to start assigning roles to members of the team and placing them correctly to do their best work. That means further dividing the work you need to do into small and precise chunks. Think about who is best to tackle each of those chunks, and how best to motivate them to tackle them.
The next thing to think about is efficiency. This is sometimes referred as “process kaizen,” which essentially means honing in on small changes you can make to daily processes, that can save large amounts of time and energy in the long run.
For example, if your team of writers are writing their work, editing it, then uploading and formatting it, then you might find that having them edit at the same time as they upload and format can reduce the number of steps and thereby get work done more quickly.
Invest in Force Multipliers
A force multiplier is anything that you can use in order to get more work done more quickly, without putting in more energy. An example is a forklift – this multiplies the amount of palettes that a single person or a team can move exponentially! Computers are also force multipliers, and making sure that everyone’s works to the best of their ability is a huge way to make sure they’re able to work as quickly as possible.