FOOLPROOFING YOUR REMOTE TEAM GOALS
LEADERSHIP LESSONS STANDING ON A BATHROOM SCALE
As it turns out, the new dryer that I recently purchased was not shrinking all of my clothes after all. I consider myself to be a person that lives a healthy lifestyle. I don’t smoke or drink alcohol. I eat organic foods and love to ride my bicycles. But something was definitely wrong because my clothes were feeling tight.
I decided to brush off the dust and replace the batteries in my bathroom scale. As I was staring down at the digital readout, I could see the effects of having those extra pieces of cheesecake and the change in my workouts. I received raw and immediate feedback on what was going on. I suddenly had clarity of why my clothes were feeling tighter, and I had to face the facts. My new dryer wasn’t ruining my clothes, I was getting fat!
One of my favorite management consultants is Peter Drucker. As a methodical thinker, I appreciate his legendary work in helping organizations measure what’s working and what isn’t. One of his famous quotes came to mind recently.
"If you can't measure it, you can't improve it."
TWO STEPS IN FOOLPROOFING REMOTE TEAM GOALS
One of the biggest challenges facing leaders of remote workers today is effectively communicating in meaningful ways and managing projects. It becomes mission-critical to measure what’s working and what isn’t.
Fast, accurate, and dependable feedback gave me the clarity that I needed when I stepped on the bathroom scale. Measuring communication of mission-sensitive tasks with remote team members will give clarity in how your business systems are performing. Without having an effective feedback loop you can make inaccurate conclusions like I did when I assumed that my new dryer was shrinking all of my clothes.
FOOLPROOF TEAM GOALS – STEP ONE: