How to Refocus After an Amazing Summer

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The beautiful distractions of summer vacations are over. Kids have returned to school. Colleges and universities have welcomed returning and new students. Lockers are slamming and lecture halls are coming alive.

And employees are back to work.

Now is a good time for managers and teams to get refocused on what they’re employed to do: fulfill the expectations of their roles by achieving the strategic goals that align with the company’s vision and direction. It’s similar to what teachers and professors are doing with their students -- reorienting them to school and education and the corresponding responsibilities of being a student.

"Refocusing teams on what they're employed to do is a competitive advantage." ~Mary Kausch

There are various ways to refocus a team that has been pulled in many directions over the summer.  Here are the top two:

Re-Align the team on their direction by clarifying:

  • Why the team members do what they do
  • Who the team serves
  • How the team best serves them
  • What goals remain
  • When those goals are to be achieved
  • What is required of each team member to achieve the goals

Re-Partner team relationships by having them discuss:

  • The impact their role has on the team’s “why” and “who” and “how”
  • What specifically they will contribute to the remaining goals
  • The commitment they are willing to make to achieve those goals
  • What they need from others to fulfill their commitment

These discussions will mostly likely take place during some sort of meeting. Here are a couple of great resources from The Table Group, A Patrick Lencioni Company, “The Four Meetings” and “Five Tips for Better Meetings”, that you might find helpful as you plan a session to re-focus your team.

Your Partner in Alignment,

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If you want to know more about how to refocus your rested and ready team, contact me directly.

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