If you want to lead a team toward a goal, you need to make sure they know how their daily work connects to the overall objectives. Here's how to make that happen, with one meeting every week.
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Some great advice. Simple rules to follow. I would print this out and hang it on your wall and bring it out before every group meeting to refresh what you need to cover.
That brings up another key point - when was the last time you had a team meeting. We all think we have meetings all the time but the truth is we do not have as many as we think we do or should.
Weekly, Bi-weekly, Monthly - what is the right frequency? Weekly is a good place to start but maybe you switch up the main purpose of the team meetings and make them mandatory.
We do monthly Team Talks - that allows everyone to communicate what is happening in their group / department and ask questions. Item #8 - Check.
We also do Lunch and Learns - that allows one person or a group /department to show off what they are thinking about or working on. Goo way to get the innovation ideas flowing - One more for #8 - double check.
Totally agree with doing a great job with on boarding - make a persons first day a great day. This is is a whole blog post on it's own. I also like sending good people off with some fanfare and a thank you. They are ambassadors for your company thank you, good luck and farewell event to highlighting in a bigger meeting is a very good idea. #9 - Check, check.
The rest of the items - are leadership touch points to that should be communicated as often as possible - such as the events listed above. In fact, we believe that these communication should be free flowing and a product like Kudos is designed to help companies do that with a big dose of #7. Show your appreciation often and say thanks to people every week.
I call it leading out loud and doing it in structured ways will make people feel more connected to the company and one another. Transparency and honesty is a good thing - Your team can handle the truth so keep them in the loop :)
If you ever wondered what those companies you admire so much do - that is pretty well it.