Plato once said, “The beginning is the most important part of the work”.
After a tough year, teams are under pressure to hit the ground running in 2022. But the challenge for leaders is to make space for their teams to pause, reflect and plan. And while many will focus on growth through improving productivity and team performance, the problem is knowing where to start.
Through studying teams for decades, one of J. Richard Hackman’s most significant findings was his 60-30-10 Rule. That is:
- 30% of the variation in team effectiveness is attributable to how the team is launched
- 60% to the team’s design, and
- 10% to leader coaching once the team is underway
How you start 2022 will determine 30% of your team effectiveness.
As most return to the office, rebuilding connections and engagement will be essential. Focus on strengthening relationships between co-workers and welcoming new team members. Review team values and culture and set a clear team purpose for the new world of work.
How you collaborate every day will determine 60% of your team effectiveness.
With over 50 million subscribers, teams worldwide use Microsoft 365 as their collaboration and productivity platform. For most, the rapid roll-out due to lockdowns meant team members had to learn on the run. As we know from our friends at Swoop, the proper use of Teams and Yammer is a powerful productivity tool.
Consider, are you still wasting time looking for attachments on emails, trying to find the latest version of a file or having multiple video meetings that could be replaced with a discussion in a Teams channel. Helping your team maximise collaboration in Microsoft 365 will increase productivity as part of your 60% of team effectiveness.
Customised for Microsoft 365, the new 6 TeamPlays pack of strategy and practice cards has been designed to help teams address 6 of the most common productivity issues.
How you coach yourself and others will determine 10% of your team effectiveness.
Whether you have a formal or informal leadership role in your team, coaching yourself and others makes up the final 10% of team effectiveness. All coaches use tools to engage their teams and improve outcomes.
An essential element of our ‘People First’ approach is empowering leaders, teams and organisations with tools and habits to embed collaboration and innovation through hands-on learning and practice. Our tools page now includes over 30 downloadable tools and resources.
Products such as the Leadership @ Work cards give leaders an element of confidence and know-how to coach themselves and others.
Through better productivity and team effectiveness, potential growth is a reality.
‘Are you ready to open up?’ is an apt heading for 2022, and coincidentally the title for Chapter 2 of Professor Christian Stadler’s new best-seller ‘Open Strategy’.
“And in case you are wondering whether it works: a survey of 200 business leaders shows that although open-strategy techniques were deployed for only 30% of their initiatives, those same initiatives generated 50% of their revenues and profits.” (Ref openstrategy.info)
As a Professor of Strategic Management at Warwick Business School, author, Hargraves global partner and well-renowned expert on strategic innovation, Christian is particularly passionate about “open innovation” and how organisations can grow and adapt to achieve sustainable competitive advantage, with a focus on innovation capability and diversification.
What can you do about it?
For a DIY approach, follow the links to explore the most relevant tool or product and put it into practice with your team.