Why Clear Team Goals and Roles are Vital for Success
Achieving seemingly impossible objectives in our ever-changing world is largely about role clarity and setting, achieving, and celebrating micro-goals.
Without an understanding of what they’re building and how they fit into the bigger picture, employees risk a decrease in productivity, engagement and enthusiasm.
Have you ever found yourself up against a seemingly impossible deadline, struggling to find a way to successfully deliver? Perhaps the overall objective is clear but the steps to get there are hazy. With every moment of indecision, the hubbub grows. You and your team are faced with an ever-building to-do list that pushes you way outside your comfort zone and you begin to doubt your capacity………
Climbers recognise that feeling, and the best teams have a way of combating it! Weather in an alpine environment can turn in an instant and other factors outside human control can impact the teams’ capacity to deliver. Climbing teams work on setting micro-goals (sometimes even session by session) and get super clear on who does what. Celebrating success when achieving the smaller goals builds morale. Achieve enough of these mini-goals in sequence and the chances are the seemingly impossible gets done.
How can this help organisations?
We believe that business leaders can adopt the same strategy. While the goal is not to structure our lives around moments of frantic work, these experiences can have a way of showing us what we’re truly capable of. There are key takeaways we can implement into our workflows once glimpsing the fullness of our capacity.
When facing a storm, equipping teammates with the parameters they need to take responsibility for and narrowing our definition of success often releases our best selves.
Importance of team goals and roles
Here are three reasons why success in your team’s endeavours is contingent on clear goals, roles and responsibilities.
1. Goals contribute to meaningful work
In ‘The Strategy-Focused Organization’, Robert Kaplan and David Norton found that only “7% of employees today fully understand their company’s business strategies and what’s expected of them in order to help achieve company goals.”
When employees don’t have a clear understanding of not only their individual goals, but of how those goals relate back to the wider organisational aim, there’s a lessened drive to achieve them. A lack of goals can contribute to a lack of productivity, where momentum is quickly killed without a firm foundation of clarity.
By setting your employees’ clear goals that link back to the overarching organisation goals, each team member has a genuine understanding of how their work contributes meaningfully to a larger purpose on a day-to-day level.
2. Clearly defined roles create more accountability
There’s nothing more frustrating than the shirking of responsibility within teams. When there isn’t a clear understanding of who is responsible for which part of the operation, it’s easy for things to fall through the cracks.
Clearly defined roles allow for responsibility to be allocated and owned – another crucial element in motivating teams to achieve their best work consistently.
3. Clear team goals and roles are the foundation for collaboration
Collaborative work is a powerful tool in building innovative approaches to problems or identifying new opportunities. For true and genuine collaboration to take place, one person’s success must be viewed as everyone’s success. This can take place within structures where each team member’s contributions are valued, identified, and celebrated.
Without clear goals and roles, those lines are blurred, and team members can often find themselves in competition with one another, not working collaboratively within a robust and strategic team environment.