Have you been scrambling to read everything you can on leading a distributed team? Take a deep breath and get back to basics. Whether you are leading an in-person or distributed team, the mission is to create a motivating space for people to work and innovate.
Take this quick temperature check to see if you have the basics in place for an engaging environment.
- My team has high trust.
- We operate in a psychologically safe environment.
- We are a community that works together, supports each other, and has fun together.
- We own our vision, and each person can communicate it.
- Each team member has defined goals.
- Each team member knows the daily and weekly priorities and meets deadlines.
- We have productive, regularly scheduled meetings.
The key in executing the basics is to communicate and the results are team clarity and buy-in to decisions.
Here are five essential questions to ask in any team meeting:
- What are the team’s priorities?
- Where are the obstacles you are facing? How can we help?
- Did anything unexpected pop up that needs immediate attention?
- Who needs to be informed about the decisions we made today?
- What are you grateful for?
What types of meetings can you lead?
- Pre-shift Huddles: Quick, 15-minute meetings, align the team on the day’s priorities.
- Weekly: Drive meetings with a plan to make the most of team collaboration.
- End of Week: Celebrate successes, address challenges, express gratitude and recognition, and set the tone for the next week.
- Strategy: Plan your projects from start to finish.
- Social: Have fun together!
If you need help leading a successful team, the TH!NK team would love to help you.