Creating a culture of execution based on careful and data-driven planning sets an example for teams. The way that companies track, measure, and reinforce results — whether positive or negative — sets the tone for how teams function within their company culture.
Achieving the best results requires a combination of a well-defined action plan, clear communication, accountability, visibility, transparency, the utmost respect for spending employee time on tasks that truly matter, and the right work execution tool to tie everything together.
Define the Plan
Sharing upfront how the business strategy fuels a particular project helps align teams from the start. Once this is established, leaders can delegate decisions and project tasks to individual contributors, freeing them to work on additional plans while their team executes on that strategic vision.
Making the plan transparent at all times anchors your team in its strategic goals, providing opportunities to clarify any components that aren’t immediately obvious from the point of view of an individual contributor.
Communicate Bottom-Line Impact
Leaders need to communicate effectively, especially around the effects that failing to meet a deadline will have on the overall business. This means that directors and managers must be accessible, within reason, to create a team culture of accountability.
When the importance and impact of a task or project is known from the onset and leaders make themselves available to answer follow-up questions, information workers can align within and across teams and tie their projects to the organization at large.
Establish Clear Accountability
Real-time visibility into processes, where task and project owners are clearly defined, can have a positive impact on performance. Transparent and fair expectations drive teams to move faster. Having visibility into projects whether they are at risk, on schedule, or complete, enables teams to readjust, reassign, or move on to the next set of project tasks.
When combined with the right tools, clear accountability motivates teams to provide tremendous value to their company. A work execution platform can help teams achieve these goals at a faster pace.
Keep Everyone Informed
Due to organizational complexity and ensuing team silos, many companies fall short when it comes to sharing information. Whether they’re looking for business metrics or information on employee benefits and healthcare plan documentation, employees need to be able to find the information they need to stay happy and healthy — and get their work done.
Customizable business dashboards and information portals make sure that individuals don’t spend their time consolidating information or data on their own. When teams have the right information at their fingertips, they can spend less time searching for the information they need to execute.
Keep Meetings in Check
Meetings cost organizations a lot of money, so make sure your team’s meetings are productive, action-oriented, time-effective, and results-driven. A strong decision-making process helps produce efficient meetings, where every minute is used to push a team or teams toward a common goal.
While preparation and assigning follow-up actions are crucial, it’s equally important to determine if the team needs to meet in the first place. Using a robust work execution platform, which enables communication through comments, automated update requests, and information sharing can trim excess meetings from your team’s calendar.
Measure and Manage Results
Most projects and campaigns end with an evaluation or post-mortem, so teams can repeat successful processes and refine those that were not effective. Part of this stage is measuring and evaluating business metrics.
Business dashboards enable teams to stay in sync by making key performance indicators (KPIs) visible at all times. With clearly articulated and easily viewable KPIs come fewer surprises around performance, and teams can use real-time visibility to solve problems ahead of time, and quickly change direction or re-allocate resources as situations change.