Strategic Planning for More Effective Teams
The pandemic has disrupted many aspects of corporate and nonprofit organization work. However, the job needs to be done and teamwork is a key factor in achieving results.
Not every group is a team. Managers need to build relationships with individuals and pay attention to collective performance. Team members need to be committed to a common purpose and the goals related to that purpose. A common, worthwhile purpose creates a sense of working towards something important - together. It takes a collective 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, and 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. When team members feel valued in their work environment, the jobs are typically done on time and meet or exceed expectations.
Your strategic plan is used within the organization to communicate the goals and the activities needed to achieve those goals. Having a plan is critical but developing a strategy sets the direction for your plan and that needs to be the first step.
To stay aligned to your strategic plan, be sure that team members understand the core mission and are invested in your vision statement. This helps to identify priorities and communicate the action plan. Team members need to be accountable for tasks and results—which should be reviewed regularly.
Cooperation and coordination are imperative with all team members. Synergy is best when team members interact frequently and with quick, coordinated responses. One of the learnings from working virtually is that real-time teamwork can be performed with less coordination using online networks.
Strategic planning is an organizational management activity that sets priorities, focuses energy and resources, strengthens operations, ensures that employees and other stakeholders are working toward common goals, establishes agreement around intended outcomes/results, and assesses and adjusts the organization’s direction in response to a changing environment.
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