When It Comes To How Success Is Achieved, Is Everyone On The Same Page?

What does success mean to you? Is it your success? Success of the mission? Success of the team? Success of others?

The impact on all of these groups should be considered as you proceed in carrying out your particular idea of success. More specifically, as it pertains to these constituents, each member should make sure that any actions taken to work toward what they believe is the true success does not impede on the work of others.

Do your strategic steps for success work in stark contrast to the actions and message of others? Do they undermine the work of others?

It is ok for one to have a perceived idea of how things should work to achieve success but with so many stakeholders impacted, one should make sure that one’s actions do not null, impede, or undermine the work of others.

Discussions should be had before action steps are taken to make sure that the best possible collaboration and coordination can take place to achieve the universally understood definition of what success is and what it looks like.

Working too hard and fast in a direction without collaboration or communication is debilitating, both to the organization and morale internally while negatively impacting the image of the entity in the eyes of the public or of competitors.

A deeper discussion can also be had with regard to whether or not this break in coordination is either intentional or unintentional.

Cases can exist where the break is unintentional and which can be rectified by improving communication beforehand, standardizing how ideas will be created, generated, tracked, refined, and executed.

Other cases can exist where the fractured approach can actually be intentional, where the person is well-aware of the deviation between their process and those of others, yet proceeds down that path, regardless. It is on the supervisor of that party and the other stakeholders to remind that person of the collaborative nature that needs to exist in the execution of the mission. The person can either choose to communicate their intentions and justifications or not. In the most extreme cases, the person’s work can be called into question as their approach works in direct contrast with what other stakeholders are doing. That person’s straying from the group’s effort whether through different attitudes, processes, or tools, is counterproductive and an early sign of problems later if the behavior is left unchecked and its approach unquestioned.

Success begins with collaboration and teamwork throughout a project or process.  Granted, the ultimate success is in the achievement of a deliverable, a goal, or completion of a project, but the measurement of effectiveness should and can be tracked throughout the life of the working relationships.

So…What About You?

  • What are some examples of instances where you’ve seen a mission fractured due to the approach of some of the players?
  • How was the situation rectified and communication and focus restored?
  • What steps do you take in the culture to make sure that this miscommunication does not hinder the overall success?

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