Some advice with regard to strategies that I can *prove* deliver results for diverse, geo-distributed teams:
The Secret Sauce: Based on a recipe I cooked up a few years ago called “Triangle of Worth” the key philosophy is a combination of elemental needs for teams and individuals to have a high sense of worth in the workplace and they are:
- sense of vital mission – am I working on the critical path?
- sense of equity – do I get out something commensurate to what I put in?
- sense of respect – am I able to respect the values and mission of my colleagues and peers – and can I assume they respect mine?
Many of the best trends you can observe in the ‘organisational health’ stats I am proud to have been associated with across a number years, teams and geos are influenced by putting this philosophy into action
- Clear Vision and Mission
- OnePager or Equivalent set of goals and KPIs
- Regular review period not > 3 months
- Actionable Scorecard
- Great communications
Take your OnePagers and make sure they represent a nuclear group – there are 10 active OnePagers for a team of around 60 peeps – so in aggregate no more than 6 people can describe their work in 1 page. I don’t know what the maximum size is to be effective – but it is not huge
Happy to supply some examples / templates – mail me directly
Finally – get into the rhythm of sending weekly notes from staff meetings to all hands – but these notes always start with a commentary from the leader and follow with the wildly important goals for the team this week (not a status of things got done. The focus on goals for the week makes a difference as they tie back to OnePagers or KPIs and so ground that cannot be overwatered is watered again. Regular and consistent is key.
Go, start now!