5 Ways To Use Your Big Vision To Lead Your Team

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As the leader of your business you need to have a “Big Bold Crystal Clear Vision,” but that is not all there is to it.  You also need to be able to communicate it effectively so your team not only see’s the bigger picture, but also see’s how they are going to be able to help you achieve your big hairy bodacious vision.

The very first time a project was dropped in my lap I all of a sudden had eight people reporting to me.  At that time, I vacillated between micro-managing everything and completely abdicating my role. No one had taught me how to lead the team of a multi-million dollar project!

I had ideas and theories, but nothing that compared to the edumacation offered by the school of hard knocks known as real-life hands on experience.

Basically, I was thrown into the deep end (without shark repellent, mind you) and I had to learn to swim.  Fast.

I had to prove that I knew my shizzle and that I could lead.  I also had to convince an already unhappy team that we needed to go the extra mile to make sure we finished the project within the new deadline.  If we didn’t, the company was going to lose millions and I would be out a job that I had barely started.

I didn’t have time to fail so I had to figure out a way to share the vision and the new goals for the project with these team members.  Motivating them to work harder than what they already had been working.  I had to get them onboard pronto.

See, badass leaders know that they must share their big hairy bodacious vision to get their team eagerly on board and join them on the journey to success.  I had to get my team onboard or I was going to be toast.

Well, to make a long story short, thankfully my story has a happy ending, not only did I manage to get my team onboard to make it happen, but also I completed the project on time – yay!

How did I do it?

Here are 5 ways you can use your big hairy bodacious vision to guide your team to success:

Keep It Simple

While getting my computer science degree I had to take a few programming courses (assembly anyone?) and so I got really good at having to break down into the tiniest of details my idea so that my program can deliver the results that I wanted.  Or better yet, so that the computer did what I wanted it to do.  Breaking down a complex project is no different.

Most people don’t want to be involved in ideas or projects that are complicated and take hours to decipher and explain.  So, as the leader you want to make sure you use terms that are easy to understand and follow. You want to keep instructions that a five year old can take and run with. This will allow you to get everyone rowing in the same direction towards the same destination.

Keep All Eyes On The Big Prize

So, many projects fail due to poor planning and communication.  So, for your team to perform more efficiently (and prevent your projects from failing) you want to decide ahead of time what do you wish to accomplish?  What will you be expecting of your team?  What actions, behaviors, habits, skills will be necessary for your team to deliver the results you want.  Once you have these things figured out, write them down and communicate them to your team using the keep it simple method.   

Get Your Team’s Buy-In

Boy did I have to dig deep to figure this one out. My project was already late and my team had been working until the wee hours.  And here I come along and had to tell them, oh yeah, by the way, we are going to have to pull a few more all-nighters to get this project completed.

I had to figure out what would motivate each individual person to do their absolute best.  I had to think ahead of time what was in it for my team on an individual basis.  What will they get from having to work double shifts?   More money wasn’t going to do it, these guys were already making good coin.

Moral of the story, it all came down to communication. You want to make sure that you tell your team the benefits they will receive from being involved in the project. Doing so will get their buy in without too much resistance.  

I learned that most people rarely do things until they see the personal benefits of them taking action especially when they have to go the extra mile to help you achieve your goals.

A recent survey conducted by BNET discovered that 29% of workers said doing something meaningful was their key motivator at work, whereas money motivated 25%, and recognition motivated 17%.

Think outside the box, money (though it helps) is not always a motivator.  Figure out ways to motivate your team to get their buy in.  
How? Just ask them!

Be Clear and Concise

To make sure we met our deadlines I needed to give my team very clear tasks of what they needed to do. The great innovative ideas I had for my team were just not going to cut it and frankly meant nothing to them at the moment.  What I needed to do was tell them exactly what I needed from them at that precise moment, so they could take ownership of their assigned task and make it happen.

You want to give your team crystal clear instructions of what you need them to do if you want them to take ownership of the assigned tasks.  You need to think ahead of time what they need to do right now in order for your business to move forward.  Devise and write down a clear roadmap of the most direct route you want them to take to get the ball rolling towards achieving your business goals.

Speak to their goals, aspirations, dreams and desires

Before I started working with the team I had to learn about them at lightning speed (remember this project was dumped on my lap). I had to get to know them via their resumes, past projects, other managers that they worked for within the company etc…before I assigned work to them.

Why? You may be thinking?

Because I needed them to do all the work for me – just kidding.

Because just as I mentioned above that you need to have your team’s buy-in so they happily do what you need them to do in the timeframe you want so you can meet your goals.  

So, you not only need their buy-in you also must know what your people’s goals and dreams are so that when you assign tasks to them they feel motivated and appreciated.  That they are doing what they love and are good at.

Once you know the goals and aspirations of the people in your team then you try at all possibility to connect your big bold vision to their goals.  By the way, this strategy works like a charm to retain top talent in your business.

Being crystal clear on your vision and communicating a clear picture of such to your team is key to creating a profitable self-managing business.  If you don’t know where you are going then how do you expect your team to know? Or help you to get there?

One of the traits of a strong leader is to know where you are going and have a strategy for your team to help you get there.  

Andrew Carnegie said – if you want to be happy, set a goal that commands your thoughts, liberates your energy and inspires your hopes.

Badass leaders get all the members of their team rowing in the same direction towards a common end result and make the most of everyone's time and talents so that you can achieve your big hairy bodacious vision.

Make sure that you clearly & consistently share your vision & values to your team and the climb to success will be that much smoother, sweeter and fun!

Yvette Syversen is the CEO of a boutique business strategy consulting/coaching firm. She focuses exclusively in helping small business owners, entrepreneurs and service providers who are super driven and ambitious to create self-managing businesses and pump up their profits.


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