How many times have you or your team started working on something only to realize you were headed in the wrong direction? Not only is all the time you spent wasted; in some cases you have to spend more time undoing it so you can start again. Maybe you thought you understood and didn't. Maybe you actually did understand but the requirements changed and nobody told you. Regardless of what happened it is frustrating, annoying and not good for anybody when it occurs.
The very simple (and I think trite) answer you hear to this problem is "make sure you understand the requirements up front". Well yeah, that isn't rocket science. But how? None of us goes off in the wrong direction on purpose.
I am going to share eight questions you can ask yourself, your boss and your team in any situation. Individually they are not particularly earth shattering. As a group, if you take the time to get solid answers to each of them, I can guarantee you will spend less time firefighting and being reactive and more time being productive and proactive.
I can almost hear your brain thinking - "It would take a lot of time to gather and then disseminate answers to all of those questions." I will grant you it might take a day or two and a few emails or phone calls to make it happen. But certainly it is all information you will need during the project. It is better to learn all of it upfront rather than figuring it out because there is suddenly an emergency due to miscommunication.
If you feel like you are constantly chasing your tail or putting out fires, take the time to ask these questions. Having the answers will make your life much easier.
Share a comment about a time you didn't have these answers and what happened. Or maybe you have time saving questions to add to the list. The point of these blogs is to empower each other to succeed.
As always, I wish you the MOST from your potential!
Dr. Robyn Odegaard (aka “Doc Robyn”) is internationally known conflict resolution expert, motivational speaker and executive coach. As CEO of Champion Performance Development, she works with executives, professionals, athletes, and coaches to help them achieve excellence in all aspects of life through active leadership, powerful teamwork, effective communication, Productive Conflict™ and professional disagreement skills. She is the founder of the Stop The Drama! Campaign and author of the books Stop The Drama! The Ultimate Guide to Female Teams and The Ultimate Guide to Handling Every Disagreement Every Time. To work with her one-on-one, have her present to your team, request a custom workshop or invite her to speak at your event, email her at DocRobyn@ChampPerformance.com or call 302-307-3091.