The informed team player will help you to be a more valuable leader and organization. Why then does the vast majority have difficulty articulating what their companies most Important goal is?

There are not many things more deflating from an employee than to realize they have been working on the wrong thing for a period of time. However, the reality is this happens all the time.

In this second post on being a team player, the goal is to empower those leading teams to help their teams be the best they can be.

In Chris McChesney’s book, The 4 Disciplines of Execution, he mentions that 85 percent of employees surveyed were not able to recall what the companies most important goal were. That is eight out of ten people working hard, but potentially on the wrong thing.

While there may be many variables that lead to this, there is a way to help combat this, by the team member staying informed. When you know what is most important in a company, this helps determine what you put your energy and focus.

1. Expectations.

Team members need their leader to help provide clarity for them. One of the greatest ways to provide this is to give them clear expectations.

Expectations, simply put, is what you expect to get from them; the work they were hired to do.

Gallup has found that half of the employees they have worked with do not know what is expected of them, so giving them clear expectations will put you in front of the pack.

2. Vision.

You can give your team members vision in three different areas:

  • A vision for the organization- Where the company is going.
  • A vision for the team or department- Where the team is going.
  • A vision for the individual team member- Where you see them going in the company.

Vision helps paint a picture of a preferred future and therefore encourages the team to work hard.

3. Time.

Your team members will need your time to stay informed.  A combination of one-on-ones and team meetings will go a long way.

What is important here is that you have a consistent time together where you will cast vision, give feedback, receive feedback, give updates on performance, and keep team members accountable to most important goals.

Keeping on top of these three keys will help your team members stay informed about what is going on in the company.

I would love to hear what are some other keys that can help your team stay informed.