Take time to consider the team.

img_0305Within leadership, planning and decision making, timing is sometimes an overlooked element. The best laid plans could fail due to misjudging the “when”. Here are five things to consider, when implementing a new strategy.

1. Who’s perception have you considered? – Implementation of new processes, solely according to our perspective, undermines team goals. Be sure to make decisions, only after considering everyone’s point of view.

2. Mind the context. – Be sure that your organization’s culture is primed for the change you plan to implement. If expectations are higher than the maturity level of the team, perhaps culture building needs to happen before certain strategies are introduced.

3. Does everyone understand? – A transparent explanation is needed before moving forward with a new plan. If plans are put in place before proper training and awareness occur, chances of a successful launch are greatly reduced.

4. Who developed it? – Buy-in is critical in getting a new process to gain traction within a team.  Let the team know “why” the change is needed and ask for suggestions. By including their suggestions in the solution, the new strategy becomes the team’s strategy. They will work harder to make sure it is successful, because it’s their idea.

5. Ask. – Consider asking the team,”when do you think we should do this?”  This is almost a regurgitation of #4. One difference is that it may be an idea developed out of necessity, i.e. a new regulation your company must follow.

Notice anything? All of these considerations include the element of “team inclusion.  A simple way to put this is “don’t develop new plans in a bubble”.  Include the team early and often to help avoid mistakes that come with premature roll-outs. Not only will you create buy-in, but you’ll save valuable time by managing the change properly the first time.