In a generation where speed is given incredible emphasis or importance, in fact, the end goal of every process, it is of no wonder why we feel pressured for time, and so, rush things out – at all times. But: If we are too hasty and are always in a hurry, it is more likely that we get stuck. We commit errors and thus lose the chance to actually grasp the long-term opportunity that awaits us. Amidst distressing circumstances, we somehow forget the fact that it is actually faster if we learn to slow down.
This is apparent in the corporate world as well. For a company to be successful, the management and staff has to constantly innovate, update their overall system in order to become more productive and efficient as a business organization. But, in the process, everyone becomes too conscious about time that there appears a rush to optimize performance and execute strategies, which actually causes them to fail in recognizing the more important aspects where they should focus their efforts into.
A while ago, we met with an executive client, who asked help concerning team efficiency. According to her, their daily tasks seem chaotic and they have been failing to perform based on their strategic plans. She thought they had created the best strategy but she realized that, execution is harder than she thought. They felt stuck. And so, she was hopeful that we could help them by providing an idea with regard to the next best move to take.
Why doing an Assessment Workshop will move you from Stuck to Unstuck
We suggested that we could facilitate a team assessment workshop for half a day where everyone in the team could participate so that they could get a holistic view of the present scenario.
Since they were behind of their work, it was not surprising to us that she responded negatively, saying, “I’m serious here, we must speed up as fast as we can now. We can’t afford to lose half a day just because of an assessment workshop. That will drag us down even more.”
As such, we reminded her about this adage: “You have to go slow in order to go fast.” We know of many leaders in the past who have made remarkable accomplishments, stressing the necessity of slowing down. Take, Augustus, the person who established the Roman Empire, he made famous one Latin phrase that says, “Festina lente”, which means, “make haste slowly”. This became one of his leadership principles. He made sure that he’s performing with a balance, between urgency and diligence.
We actually fail to recognize what needs recognition when we begin to do things as fast as we can. It is necessary to slow down properly in order to correct mistakes as they arise. Otherwise, we find ourselves wasting time, fixing things that have gone even worst.
Despite the fact that it appears counterintuitive to slow down in order to check or correct something as you hurry, this will lead you to choose the correct move.
It could be the example as reflected in Augustus leadership performance or the assurances that we gave on the benefits of the assessment workshop that actually convinced the client about the next thing to do. It’s hard to say. But, later on, she expressed her heartfelt thanks as she was very satisfied with the result. The half-day workshop did not only give the team a chance to come up with a collective assessment about the present scenario, but also to identify the areas where they can maximize their potential as well as where to create modifications so as to refocus their attention on their strategic initiatives.
In addition, the assessment workshop became an instrument for the team to actually become motivated to get back on track, which she said, had a bigger impact than what she imagined.
Yes, the Roman Empire may not be yours to establish, but whatever is your plan of action, how fast you perform would possibly also benefit at a greater extent by slowing down for a while so as to gain a good grasp or standpoint on where your team is, at the present time.
What important goals an effective Assessment should cover to get unstuck:
Establishment – To establish a holistic view of the current scenario.
When each of your members is working individually not collaboratively, for a considerable period, it is more likely that the team will fail to see the situation as a whole. If you are able to come up with a holistic assessment of your team’s strengths or potentials, the few hours you spent for it will lead you to correct execution towards a long-term objective.
Re-establishment – To re-establish ambitions.
We are all aware that, great things start with ambitions. In other words, nothing remarkable will transpire in the absence of any ambition. However, the solution is not only having bold ambitions. You, as a leader, must make sure that the whole team shares with the ambitions. And, they should also know the area of focus in order to perform towards the desired direction or end-goal.
Recognition – To recognize progress or development.
Being able to recognize and acknowledge progress can be very powerful to motivate your team. Remember, progress is the sweetest thing. Spending a moment to acknowledge where you’re at right now is one of the easiest and most practical investments to draw greater motivation to move forward. Remember, keep moving forward.
If this assessment is properly executed, the entire team will have a renewed energy to work in collaboration with one another aside from being inspired and of course, starting to have “fun”.
But then again, it all begins with acknowledging that, sometimes, it is necessary to move slow in order to move fast.