Jeff Haden of Inc. Magazine (@inc) outlines 9 practices that help make teams successful. TeamworkIQ enables teams to execute in keeping with Haden’s key points.—According to Inc. Magazine’s Jeff Haden (@jeff_haden),there are nine practices that help successful people accomplish more. A number of these practices shouldn’t be too surprising – “believe in yourself”, “find happiness in the success of others” and “ask for help”. These are positive notions that any successful workplace encourages.If your employees don’t ask for help, they risk unresolved problems getting worse. If they don’t believe they can do a job well, how can they confidently approach new challenges?However, most notably, Haden begins with two central points that provide the foundation for everything else – “start with goals” and “create systems”. These two practices are vital to help workers accomplish more.
The Need for a Well-Designed System
A goal is great for defining what success looks like; a system is great for actually making progress toward that goal. Your goal can provide direction and even push you forward in the short term, but eventually, a well-designed system always wins.
Haden here is referencing a problem shared between managers and teams alike. Managers need to know the organisation’s goals and what defines success in terms of progress towards them. This differs between businesses, from revenue to improved customer outreach.That’s where a well-designed system is necessary. We need our project management and process coordination systems to easily break down goals into tasks that can be efficiently delegated to co-workers and other collaborators without any further follow-up conversations or contextualization needed. In our research, we found that while classic project and process management software can do this, the time it takes to enter data into those applications is high, and often not worth the extra time. Instead, people revert to using email to delegate work and documents to communicate steps in a process. While efficient for communicating what needs to get done, it’s a poor system to track work through completion. Both classic project management software and email are not saving the manager or the team time. Instead, they impose a tax on everyone’s time for the benefit of tracking work and progress towards goals. To solve this, TeamworkIQ combines the ease of typing up who needs to do what with the efficiency of automated task assignments, progress monitoring, and alerts when something needs attention. The TeamworkIQ system coordinates and tracks teamwork, projects and processes for you.
Collaborating with Confidence
The system’s job is far from over: ideal project management software should allow teams to collaborate through it. It must act as a hub through which teams can clearly see the value of their work, allow them to communicate to one another, grants clarity in task assignment, and show the progress towards the team’s shared goal.With a project management solution that can act in this way, Haden’s other eight steps come together naturally. Confident decision-making comes when workers can rely on a system that automates processes which would otherwise be time-consuming or prone to error. When the team’s focus shifts from process to success, hitting goals is an accomplishment the team shares in together.
Accomplish More, Together
At TeamworkIQ we’ve created a teamwork delegation and process automation app that is both smart and simple. Easy to create shared checklists gives both an intuitive interface everyone already understands, the checklists’ “smarts” automatically coordinate tasks, teamwork, projects and processes for everyone. The result is greater clarity, focus, accountability, and productivity.We want our customers to achieve everything Haden’s list shows us. TeamworkIQ tracks project goals and communicate progress automatically. Everyone saves time and managers can focus on high-value team development rather than low-level task management.Want to know more? Get in touch.