Strategic Planning for More Effective Teams
The pandemic has disrupted many aspects of corporate and non-profit organization work. Still the job needs to be done and good teamwork is a key factor in achieving results.
Not every group is a team. Managers must build relationships with individuals and pay attention to collective performance. Team members are committed to a common team purpose and the goals related to that purpose. A common, worthwhile purpose creates a sense of doing something important together. It takes purpose and goals for a group to become a team. Managers can use team goals and values to influence individual behavior and stretch performance.
There are several characteristics of effective teams that link back to the organization’s strategic plan that gives personal significance to the work. Team members believe their work is purposeful and has a positive impact on the strategic plan. Those teams have clear goals with well-defined roles in their respective working groups. Things get things done on time and meet expectations when team members feel safe in their work environment.
Your strategic plan is used to communicate within the organization the goals and the activities needed to achieve those goals. Having a plan is critical, but developing a strategy should come first to set the direction.
To stay aligned to your strategic plan, be sure that team members understand the core mission and are aligned with your vision statement. That will help in identifying priorities and communicating the action plan. Team members need to be accountable for tasks and results which should be reviewed regularly.
It is imperative that individual team members cooperate with one another and coordinate their activities where there are connections. It is best when team members interact frequently and with quick, coordinated responses. One of the learnings from working virtually is how many tasks that seemed to require face-to-face, real-time teamwork can be performed with less coordination using online networks.
Strategic planning is an organizational management activity that is used to set priorities, focus energy and resources, strengthen operations, ensure that employees and other stakeholders are working toward common goals, establish agreement around intended outcomes/results, and assess and adjust the organization’s direction in response to a changing environment.
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