22. June 2009 17:23
You can only be a leader, if people follow you. For people to follow, they need to know where they need to go and what they need to do.
Strategic change needs to have a clear path for people to follow. The leader can provide overall direction, but people still need personal direction that they can consistently follow when the leader is not present.
People need to know how a change will affect them and how the tasks they are doing fit with other tasks. They need to be able to see the bigger picture (context) and the detail that applies to them.
11. June 2009 17:25
One of the key tasks of a leader is to provide clear direction for the path to be followed. Otherwise followers have to guess where they need to contribute their time and effort.
For direction to be clear, it needs to be communicated and kept up-dated in terms that each follower can understand. In today’s complex changing workplaces, with many competing priorities, providing clear direction is fundamental to effective leadership.
Most people want to do a good job and want to make a contribution to their team and organization. But they are often unsure of ... [More]
8. June 2009 17:26
The workplace is more complex that it needs to be, because Tasks and ToDo’s are poorly connected. Tasks are what needs to be completed and a list of ToDo’s detail how a task will be done.
Normally tasks are managed by managers and ToDo’s are managed on various lists by the teams and individuals doing the tasks. The connection between Tasks and ToDo’s is best explained by considering the following typical process.
The usual process is:
· A person is made responsible to complete a ta... [More]