Finding Your Team’s Vision

Every team needs a goal.

Small-town sports team, elite competitive mathletes, developer tiger team.

If you don’t have a vision, direction or purpose for where your team is headed – how will you know when you get there?

How will you know when you have achieved it?

How will you know it’s time to tweak, adjust and grow that vision?

If you never have anything to measure against it?

And what about everyone on your team?

How will you get them on board to what you want to accomplish when they have no concept as to what your vision is?

You don’t need a retreat in the mountains with only a knife and your wits to figure it out.

You need a group, a team, ready to define it, agree to it and commit to making it happen.

How to Stand Out when it’s All the Same

How do you stand out when everyone is doing the same thing?

When everyone is using the same hashtags?

When everyone has liked the same quotes?

When everyone is writing the same articles?

When everyone is competing for the same amount of eyeballs?

If there is so much content out there, so much to be read and compete with how can you make a difference with your small little crowd?

How do you grow the eyeballs?

Maybe it’s not about growing the eyeballs but instead about finding the quality eyeballs?

Like your customers you don’t necessarily need more quantity of them, what you need is more quality of them – those that recognize your skills and talents for what they are and not what they are compared to.

The Change you Want to See

Take a second to consider it –¬†What is the change you want to see?

Better yet, what is the change you need to see?

The change that you demand of yourself.

That you NEED to demand of yourself to see your world open up to new opportunities and avenues for growth?

Is it giving up old, unfocused activities?

Is it switching careers?

Is it abandoning the peers that tell you “you’re never going to make it”?

Is it starting to believe in yourself?

Whatever it is, it doesn’t start next month, next week or tomorrow, it starts today?

Take 10 minutes, think about the change you want to see, figure out the small step(s) you can make today and make it happen.

Wake up tomorrow and take the second step – rinse and repeat.

The Clueless Leader

Isn’t the most demotivating feeling in the world when your leader has no idea what you are doing, how you are doing it, why you are doing it and as a result why it’s taking longer than expected.

After all, aren’t they the ones that identified the work to be done and triaged it to you?

Aren’t they the ones responsible for the end deliverable?

Shouldn’t they have a little more knowledge in what they are responsible for so they can talk about it with confidence and passion to others and understand how and why you might be taking longer than expected?

Yes, Yes and Yes.

But not everyone sees it that way, not everyone “loves” what you are doing, not everyone feels the urge to learn everything and anything about the project they are not responsible for delivering.

Some leaders simply want the project to be done, off their plate and out the door.

It’s become too hard, too complicated, difficult and complex.

Translation – It’s not easy, it’s not a quick win.

It’s an effort and a commitment that requires more then they are willing to give.

So what do you do?

You finish the project and move on, not to another project but another leader, someone who cares about what you do, why you are doing it and where you are struggling.

To stay is to invite the same circle of despair and cluelessness which is already driving you to the edge.

Now is the time to make the change.

The Angry Helper

The Angry Helper is the person who begrudgingly agrees to help you.

They bemoan the process the whole time, bitter in the fact that they have to take time out of their day to help you figure out this “simple” problem that only they can understand.

What you say and do is never enough to help, it was done wrong the first time and it will be done wrong the second and third and fourth time.

And then they leave, sure whatever it was might now work, but you can see the wake behind them as they walk away, onto the next team member to offer their assistance to, begrudgingly, complaining the entire time.

Want to be a great team member?

Help your team grow by accepting that everyone needs help and assistance at some time or another.

Realize you are not Lord of the Code.

And when someone asks for help on your worst possible day?

If you can’t help in a complimentary, sincere, helpful way… send them to someone that will.