It’s hard for many small to mid-sized organizations to ensure that their employees understand the big picture and are spending their time and effort towards a common objective. So how does the management ensure that their vision is communicated across the organization down to the last employee? Well, here are some quick points that I’ve put together to help you get started –
We start from the top and then go down
30000 feet – the big picture
- Management shares a 365 day goal with everyone. Everyone should know what goal the company is chasing and where it wants to be in a year from now.
- Throw light on focus areas, growth areas and what kind of innovation is needed from everyone.
- Talk candidly about strength, weaknesses, opportunities and threats.
3000 feet – people, tools and freedom
- Product management shares granular quarterly plan with the respective teams.
- Get up to speed on – people, pay and performance measurement.
- Set people expectation in terms of role and responsibilities.
- Give required infrastructure & tools of trade to staff.
- A plan for continuous education and growth of staff.
- Give people freedom to innovate.
300 feet – processes, quality, weekly achievements
- Tell people what’s the expected outcome and leave them alone to design, develop, test and deliver it.
- Daily, weekly updates on progress.
- Monitor. Intervene only on critical stuff.
- Retrospection for every deliverable. How could we have done better?