Working on a team is complicated. Senior and departmental leaders often struggle with a multitude of demands on their time. These demands then trickle down to the individual contributors who make up a team. As if the day-to-day operations aren’t enough, try adding strategic objectives on top of that. It gets complex, even confusing.
This might feel like the norm, but it doesn’t have to be. Every team has the potential to focus on high-leverage work and execute on strategic priorities. What’s needed is the right tools and clarity about the dangers and pain points. Here are three roadblocks to avoid for optimal team performance.
- The chaos of interruptions. The modern office seems tailor-made to obstruct productivity. Meetings, messages, and social distractions make it difficult to focus. Making time for high-leverage work is near impossible, especially when the time set aside for that keeps getting scheduled over. The only thing that gets done is what’s urgent now.
- The never-ending to-do list. Like a social media feed, you can scroll and scroll but never reach the end. And most of the time, those items have been added by someone else. Your days are spent on task-switching, or on maintenance and process tasks like email. Your most important work keeps getting pushed further and further down the list. Having to pivot from one thing to another is felt by managers and individual contributors alike.
- The project fumble. Things can go wrong, even with a weekly plan or project management tool. Maybe it’s a miscommunication on the team or an unforeseen problem. Then a deadline slips by. These miscues are small by themselves. But there’s rarely just one. Taken together, they’re a huge roadblock to achievement. By Friday, the whole week feels like a total loss.
If you recognize yourself in any of these roadblocks, you’re not alone. These problems are the bane of teamwork. Every high achiever, regardless of the role, will face them from time to time. But you and your team can overcome them—and we can help.
Our Team Performance for Leaders Workshop is a personal productivity approach for leaders based on the popular and proven Full Focus system. Created with senior and departmental leadership in mind, this workshop will show leaders and their teams how to make their greatest contributions by learning how to collaborate for better results, how to take control of their days to accomplish what really matters, and how to be empowered to banish distractions and remain focused on the main objectives.
With this simple but proven system, your leaders will gain the clarity and time they need to accomplish the everyday tasks that drive the results they’re accountable for—and help fulfill the organizational vision. Click here to register now.
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