How does an executive team start to take real, tangible action? For starters, if you don’t have one CREATE IT NOW! (An executive team that is) The time is now to create an executive team. Without it the company will not remain manageable. Think of all the leaders and department heads and get them together as the team. This team will be the heart of your organization, so choose them wisely.
Now you have the team, how do you get everyone moving and taking action? The first step we talked about in creating your opportunities list. Now let’s take it a step further.
First, schedule a regular meeting with the team. I find this meeting is more productive if you do it outside of business hours. That way no one is worried about the phone ringing or the emails that are piling up etc. This also means as the leader you are cutting into dinner time, feed them. This is a nice change of pace for most employees and well worth the money.
Secondly, have each team member create an opportunities list. In the same way you create the list. Have them write down all the issues the company faces, as well as, all the opportunities you can capitalize on. Bring these lists together.
As a group you will all debate and understand each individual list. Give each team member ample time to bring up and speak to their top three on the list. As the leader you should be capturing the “master list” by recording everything everyone brings up. There will be some overlap here, multiple people will have the same items on their list no doubt. That is fine. As long as the list is complete.
As a group you need to know prioritize the list. This can often be a hard thing to do. Different departments will have different list items as their most important item. That is ok. It is up to you as the leader to help facilitate and add context to this discussion. Let everyone have a fair say and make sure no one feels left out.
Once the list is done and prioritized now you have to dig into the action steps of each item. Here is where you want to be careful to not create silos in your organization. If number one on the list does not apply to the HR team then there is the danger they will ignore it and work in their own direction. Your job is to make sure everyone knows that priority number one on the list is the company wide priority. Everyone, regardless of the department, is responsible for the completion of these actions as a team. Create action steps the whole team can get behind and give every department a responsibility in the completion of the initiative.
Once you have all departments working together for common goals, you will see your business sky rocket. When all cylinders are firing and working in the same direction a company will take off.
Professional Business Coach
I suggest reading Jon Denney’s book Unstuck. Jon is the owner of the PBCA (The alliance that certifies me as a coach) My writing, teaching, and learning is largely influenced by this man.