Creating a Legacy: You Can't Make Your Mark Without First Aligning Your Goals
- Identify the specific goals of the team that are positioned to get the company closer to achieving its mission and vision.
- Identify how each individual on the team is making a difference with respect to the company mission and vision.
Without a solid understanding of these two concepts, leaders cannot hope to create a true and lasting impact on the company.
What to do When the Team is Underperforming
- Take some time to self-reflect. What have you done, as a leader, to help your team achieve its goals? What have you not done? What steps can you take immediately to bridge those gaps?
- Look at each team member individually. Are their goals aligned with the team's goals? Where do those goals fit in with the company vision? In many cases, the problem lies here. Effective leaders can recognize the difference between an underperformer and a talented employee who just doesn't know where they fit in to the "big picture." A goal alignment is a critical step to take before assuming poor performance is the source of the problem.
Once goals are aligned, evaluate each team member from a performance standpoint. If there is a weak link then it must be developed or replaced.