December 8, 2010 / 10:43 PM / 9 years ago

Management Tip of the Day: Give your team more direction

Disgraced financier Bernard Madoff is escorted by police and photographed by the media as he departs U.S. Federal Court after a hearing in New York, January 5, 2009. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson

BOSTON (Reuters Life!) - The Management Tip of the Day offers quick, practical management tips and ideas from Harvard Business Review and (http:\\ Any opinions expressed are not endorsed by Reuters.

“All too often, people work really hard on a project without fully understanding how their efforts contribute to the organization’s overall goals. Next time your team isn’t sure where it’s headed, take these three steps:

1. Don’t assume everyone knows the strategy. Don’t make the mistake of presuming that just because executives have shared the strategy, your people understand it.

2. Confirm shared understanding. Sketch out a ‘from-to chart’ that shows where your organization is now and where it is headed. Share this with your boss and your team to be sure you are all on the same page.

3. Connect the dots. With your team, create two lists: one of the major projects and one of the organization’s goals. Draw lines between the two lists. If there are projects that don’t line up, consider refocusing or killing them.”

-Today’s management tip was adapted from “How Leaders Create the Context for Strategy Execution” by Ron Ashkenas.

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