What To Do When Your Organization Feels Stuck
There are times within a team or an organization when we don’t necessarily know what’s next. There are a variety of things that can cause this “wait and see” position, but it really makes the team feel stuck. Here are three things you can do as a team leader to make being stuck not suck.
1. Spend Time Building The Team
Make sure you are spending the right amount of time building team rapport. This could be classic team building activities, it could be dealing with some internal conflict, or merely opening lines of communication. Anything that helps the relational aspect of your team is extremely beneficial. This also includes talent development. We can always invest time and energy in things that the team can improve upon as a whole. This naturally moves into developing individuals. This is the perfect time to decide what projects or trainings could help individuals on your team grow and grow in confidence. We want to treat this as a sports team would treat the off-season. Just because there aren’t any games doesn’t mean we aren’t working to create a team that wins championships.
2. Don’t Lose Sight of the DNA
In seasons of business, our core concepts of mission, vision, and values can leak and be forgotten over time. This is a great time to reinforce them. We have the time and the space in which to do that. However, more importantly, being stuck can cause teams to question the mission, vision, and values of the organization. This is when the leaders within must mobilize to reinforce the very reason they built the foundation in the first place. You can discuss with your team how to improve culture, how to reinforce the values of the company, and remind them of the vision of what success looks like. Keep in mind that the vision of success can change over time. One thing that doesn’t change is the purpose of why we are here. Success is a moving target; mission and values are steadfast throughout the history of an organization.
3. Move Together Toward The Obvious
In The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People, Stephen Covey speaks about the four quadrants of tasks. One of these is the ‘important but not urgent’. The times when you feel stuck are the perfect times to start working on these tasks. During busyness and craziness, those important things can fall to the background simply because they aren’t urgent. While there are tons of questions about ‘what to work on next’ when you are stalled, there are also the obvious tasks you need to continue executing. This is a great time to improve your systems and operational efficiencies. This will help derive where streamlining within the organization will aid, during chaotic and busy times, in championing effectiveness.
While we’re stuck, we don’t need to twiddle our thumbs, and we don’t need to sit and complain that there isn’t anything to do. As team leaders, it is our duty to realize that this is just an ‘off-season’. We can improve our team relationally and how our team works together. We can improve the talent on our team. We can continue focusing on mission, vision, and values and reinforcing our culture. We can move forward on the obvious and improve upon systems and operations that are important but not always urgent.
As you’re looking at this moment within your organization where you feel stalled a little bit, or you’ve been there before and you realize there are busy seasons and slow seasons, how can you be intentional in using these opportunities to grow and improve your organization?