A few months ago we bought a new (to us) car. For the first few months everything seemed fine but eventually I began to notice that there was a slight tremor in the steering wheel, not always, just sometimes. My first hope was that if I ignored it the tremor would go away – or perhaps the whole thing was just in my imagination. But, the more I drove, the more it became obvious that there was a problem – not always, just at certain speeds.
If you’ve been around cars long enough you know that this means that something wasn’t lining up quite right and the problem could be something minor, like a tire out of balance, or something major, like a bent frame. When the wheels on the car don’t line up with the road properly it becomes difficult to steer, harder to stop, and it causes unnatural wear on different parts of the car. Over time, ignoring these problems can lead to huge repair bills.
As leaders we can experience similar problems with team members. When members of our teams don’t line up with where we are going it becomes difficult to move forward, harder to implement change, and can cause unnatural wear on other team members and the organization. These problems can be caused by something as small as not lining up with a decision we’ve made or as large as not lining up with the vision of the organization.
Effective Teams are Committed »