Anyone out there trying to get a group of people moving in the same direction? It is hard, isn’t it. After observing hundreds of companies through the years I am convinced that there are only a few seasons in the life of a company where an entire team is aligned and moving in the same direction.
There are a few leaders who know how to do this consistently. Most leaders get swept up into the drama of the week or get tired and a bit lazy. I know I have gotten stuck in that.
So, for those of you who want to get better in getting your people moving together, on purpose, here are some ideas for you to consider.
1. Do People Know You Are For Them?
I have found that if people believe you have an ulterior motive they will not jump in. If, however, people know that you want the best for them and they believe your motives then they will be at least open to your ideas. If you want people to know you are for them then you need to spend time with them, listen to them and make sure they know you have heard them and then speak to them with respect, in as much as you would want if it was you. Practice being for people. Ask them if they believe you are for them. If they don’t then you have an opportunity to grow with them.
2. Communicate in Their Language/Voice:
At GiANT we teach something called 5 Voices, which helps people understand their voice, whether they are a Pioneer, Connector, Creative, Guardian or Nurturer for instance. The point here is to make sure that you are communicating to each style of leader. If you are moving people forward have you answered the questions for those who value people and want to make sure they are taken care of (Nurturer)? Are you addressing the issues of the Guardian who guards systems and wants to make sure the logical details have been addressed? Think about the voices on your team and make sure you answer the questions that they would ask.
3. Put a Deadline to Hit a Project:
I have found through time that the best way to get teams working together is to have a goal or deadline to hit. When things are ongoing there is a natural decline in morale as busyness and issues creep in. If you want to get your teams moving on the same page then choose a date like New Years or the end of summer or a choose an anniversary date of the company as a motivation to move towards.
Some of us are better than others. Appropriate celebration creates memories and inside stories that build culture. Choose a proper launch once the above has happened then create some celebration events or moments to stop and publicly share successes. This makes future initiatives easier to launch.
Let’s get our teams moving together. It just starts with you.