Posted by Thelma Marshall, VP of Solutions, November 3, 2020.
Your business’s goals may be set, but getting your team to take action to support them may be more challenging than you think. Knowing how to truly lead a team, organizing each schedule—and taking time to deploy each step, is critical of achieving company goals.
Face it, it is much easier to create to-do lists as a path to goal achievement. But these lists are too easy to neglect. They put the blame for incomplete tasks on everyone’s inability to follow through, rather than actually having the time set aside to do them.
This negative interpretation just reinforces a stereotype that makes every team member less likely to accomplish goals. The truth is the way to achieve the goals is not to create a to-do list at all, but to create a workable schedule for new tasks that sets aside time to complete them.
Create a functional schedule for all the to-do tasks
Essentially you must escape the trap of the standard to-do list and build a weekly schedule instead. This is a proven solution to actually following through and achieving those company goals. But, being a manager who motivates others, delegates tasks, and creates a schedule to accomplish everything is challenging in a fast-paced work environment.
Here’s how to do it all and achieve positive goal results.
- Plan a specific list of changes that need to be made to accomplish the goals and how this will be happen during the work shift. Ask for advice and insight from those doing the day-to-day work and choose specific tasks of greatest importance first.
- Explain to your team why the teams goals matter to the company. Most employees feel a greater connection to the outcome of their work if they fully understand why the goal is important and valuable. Share company goal objectives and explain how their hard work will make it possible.
- Schedule time needed to work on these tasks into your team members’ schedules.
- Tackle tasks one week at a time. Some workers find it easier to focus on the task at hand rather than have the entire plan stretched out before them. Successful weeks build momentum.
- Choose tasks that fit each employee’s skill set. In other words, have trust, but know that the assignment will not be too much for them to handle.
Back up gains with data
As your team is working this schedule and making strides towards those goals, show them their benchmark achievements. Telematics data can provide a baseline, metrics that show improvements along the way, and exactly when goals are close to being realized or have been accomplished. Telematics software drills down into the data for actionable information or graphics.
For example, a safety report card can provide data and metrics on successful safety checklists, impact warnings received, severe speed violations, severe impacts, and stop zone violations.
Setting goals requires leadership — obtaining them, however, takes skilled management, data driven insights, and setting a schedule to complete the tasks required to succeed.