AS team leaders it is important that we learn to look at issues strategically, being aware of both the big picture and the micro-environment. There is a tendency for some new team leaders to find it difficult to "Stop doing the work" they always did as a team member and start spending time on the bigger picture.
It's important that we don't get too distanced from everyday detail, nor too engrossed in it. We don't want to micro-manage, rather "micro-monitor". I it is important to be aware of details and zoom in on things like:
* Budget and how expenses are going, and during budget planning time, what you really need to excel the following year. Developing or understanding Budget justifications (understanding what budget line each entails) is a core skill for team leader.
* How projects are really moving along - including the more minute details. Spending time with team member outside of project status updates can be useful to hear of bottlenecks etc
* It is also important to zoom in on performance issues - to address these through one on one dialogue with team members sooner rather than later so it becomes a course correction of a few degrees rather than something more significant.
Where else is it important to "zoom in" in your work right now?
Jennifer Britton, MES, CPT, PCC
Team and Leadership Development | Coaching | Retreats
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