How To Make Your Team More Productive

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  1. Help team members commit to goals that make the rest of the team soar like $&@%^* eagles.
  2. Done.

Take Shibobibo.

Shibobo leads a team trying to build a website for a client. He needs a team of developers, coders, designers, and search engine optimization experts.

At first, his team members have no set expectations, so the team becomes uncoordinated:

  1. He doesn't know when the design peeps can complete X ("just get it done as soon as possible" he says), so, he can't fully optimize the schedules of the rest of his team -- as well as his own.
  2. Then when the design team completes X and hands over the design files to the coders, they remain idle with nothing critically important to do - driving up costs if they're full-timers (and opportunity costs --like time -- if they're not).

The goal in managing a team?

You're trying to make each and every member of your orchestra as efficient as possible, with absolutely zero downtime for any team member.

While Team X is fully engaged in one part of the project, Team Y is fully engaged in another.

That saves the team freakish costs, optimizes its productivity, and helps you provide as much customer value as $&&@^%^ possible.

How Do You Get There?

Set expectations by letting team members commit to a goal that makes every other team member as efficient as possible:

  1. "J, can you complete 1 design per day?"
  2. "G, can you code 1 design per day that J will send you?"
  3. "B, can you buld keyword-rich articles that attract our target audience while we're building the site?"

When you let team members commit to goals (instead of setting goals without their input), the psychological pull:

  • 'I like others to see me as someone who is always right.' (Cialdini's commitment study)
  • 'Therefore, I will do everything humanly possible to make good on my promise."

And, when you conform those committed goals to make the rest of the team as efficient as possible?

Your team:

  • Fully optimized.
  • No downtime.
  • Rocket completions.
  • WINNNN.

Orchestrate your orchestra.

100% engaged.

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Posted on December 12

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