Don't Hold Out

Joshua A. Luna
December 16, 2022
Don't Hold Out
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Teachable Moment: Share all appropriate context before assigning a new project or task.

The Problem

Too often, managers assign pieces of work without any appropriate context.

Context as to why the work needs to be done, how it fits into their overall team mission, and what success looks like.

When team members understand what they need to do and why it matters, they can become creative problem solvers – taking ownership of the task and doing what’s necessary to accomplish it effectively.

But without this, they may feel disconnected, undervalued, or feel like they’re simply going through the motions.

The best leaders who create inspiring workplaces understand this and actively seek to provide context to their team members’ work.

By communicating a clear purpose for each effort, you’ll ensure that everyone understands how their work contributes to the bigger picture – helping to build trust and a culture of accountability in the process.

The Solution

When everyone understands why they’re doing what they’re doing, it fosters collaboration and encourages employees to work together for common goals - which is key for every high-functioning team.

Before assigning work or bringing something new to the team, make sure to answer the following questions:

  1. Why is now the right time to work on this?
  2. What’s the problem we’re trying to solve?
  3. What’s the desired outcome look like?

Having that extra context may help your team develop creative ideas or spot potential problems that were not initially apparent.