How to Reimagine and Redesign with Your Team
I wonder if achieving our dreams would ruin us?
“I wish that we had torn the ticket up.” Jack Whittaker, winner of $315 million lottery.
How might you and your team need to reimagine yourselves if things go perfectly for your organization in 2017?
When people stay the same, organizations stay the same.
Image that you reach or exceed your goals in 2017.
- What will be different about the way you do things if you achieve your goals?
- What needs to be different about leadership if you achieve your goals?
- How do roles on the team change if you succeed?
- How might team dynamics be different?
- What new skills might teammates need if you reach your goals for 2017?
- What won’t work anymore if your dreams of success come true?
- Ask team mates, “What would you like to be doing if everything we want to happen happens?
Begin today. Move toward the person, leader, and organization you need to be if you succeed in 2017. Nothing changes until you change.
People need to grow and change if you expect organizations to grow and change.
Consider the ripple effect of one person reimagining their role.
The challenge of organizational life is interconnection. What happens with one person impacts others. Suppose top talent takes on new challenges. Who else needs to reimagine themselves?
When leaders reimagine their role, those nearby need to reimagine theirs. (The alternative is adding new people to the team.)
Risk of redesign:
Don’t undermine success by elevating top talent to their level of incompetence.
Some teammates should continue doing exactly what they’re doing. They’ve found their niche. They’re leveraging their talent. They love what they’re doing.
Mitigate risk by providing mentors, coaches, and training when you and your team members reimagine your roles.
How might leaders prepare themselves and others for success?
To “be prepared for successes” with life’s experiences and lessons are part of the journey which some organizations master and others falter!
If we learn by our mistakes and become successful, how do we stay at the top?
Keep doing what you do well! Change if you falter. If its not broke don’t fix it. Redesign if nèeded but be sure you need the overhaul, sometimes we just need “tweaked”!
Thanks Tim. Love the expression, “Be prepared for successes” … Too often we focus on what isn’t working and forget to improve what is. Have a great week.
Great post! There’s a line in here that applies to a current situation for my department: “Don’t undermine success by elevating top talent to their level of incompetence.” I think one challenge with this statement is that sometimes you don’t know someone’s level of competence until they are elevated beyond it. The challenge is in reacting to that situation…
Thanks Julie. Great point. Sometimes peoples aspirations exceed their abilities. Or, sometimes they don’t like what they get when they get it. (Like a dog chasing a car. What will he do if he gets it?)
Perhaps you observation supports the idea that we should do the job before we get the title. Cheers!
Good morning Dan,
Thanks for the article. This is a great one going into the new year. I especially like the comment, “The challenge of organizational life is interconnection.” When you have some time, check out this great YouTube video from Yves Morieux https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0MD4Ymjyc2I&t=28s.
This video discusses many of the challenges we find and concludes that it is the interconnections makes the difference.
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!
Thanks Jay. The video is awesome!