In today’s fast-paced environment, the window that a new leader has to win is short. If you do not have a way to quickly determine who on your team you can depend on – you can’t WIN!
I was on the phone last night with the CTO (Chief Technology Officer) from one of our new clients. A pulse check on how her team was doing led to a discussion on how she uses the strategic thinking approach to quickly assess the capabilities of the people she has on her team. “When I come into an organization, I have a quick window to not only assess my function, but to determine who best fits with where I want to take the organization. As a leader, I have been brought in for a reason — to help an organization grow. We can only do that if we know where we are – where we want to go – and who is going to help us get there.” I want everyone to succeed, and I need to see who on my teams can and will contribute immediately and what help others might need to quickly get there.
A disciplined approach to Thinking, Planning, and Acting does more than just produce a great plan. When done collectively with a new team, it provides a new leader a chance to observe and work with his or her team and quickly assess who is going to help you produce quick wins. An approach that combines the tools of strategic thinking with the principles and practices of collaboration is powerful. It helps a new leader quickly begin to answer the following:
Who is able and willing to work as a team member to collectively solve problems?
Who on my team is open to new ways of thinking about previously held beliefs?
Who is able to quickly identify and communicate the most important issues?
Who has displayed both functional skills and leadership capabilities?
Who can get things done?
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