We focus on People – “who” do the work. While it is important to have a good efficient team, it is equally important to have some norms for them to be successful
One question that comes up as we look at staffing up or after we have staffed a team is – will just getting a group of people make them successful in solving problems and making good progress?
There are many books/ papers suggesting different ways of solving this. The approach that has worked well for me is CHASM. Well, as per the Cambridge dictionary, Chasm means “a profound difference between people, viewpoints, feelings, etc.” Interestingly, in a different perspective and useful way CHASM is an acronym, that I have used for approaching the people aspect:
In small as well as large organizations, we see how working in silos (teams/ departments) causes issues in quality and delivery. This also impacts customer experience, where he/she feels that nobody is really understanding them/ their issue or trying to solve their problem, but tossing the ball across to the next person or department. Collaboration is the key and is an action that the leaders need to demonstrate in their daily work and help inculcate in their teams. This aspect is more of an organizational behavior that individuals need to model.
In today’s world, everyone is trying to prove themselves every minute/second. In the process, we tend to focus a lot on ourselves, our team and trumpet our success. This may at times lead to having a superiority complex. While this is important, it is even more important to stay humble – so we can learn when we make a mistake or to seek help when we are stuck. It also enables team members to be approachable. This aspect is an individual trait and need to be practiced.
Having clear priorities and goals for different team members/ departments that align with the overall company goals is critical. When team members/ departments are not aligned, they can pull in different directions which can cause confusion to the rest of the team/ department. This is an area that the leaders need to work among themselves to get clarity first and then percolate it down the organization. This aspect is more of an organizational behavior.
When people have the right skills and are equipped with the right knowledge/ tools, they can be very effective. However in today’s world with plethora of knowledge sources and learning avenues, this is something that can be easily picked up/taught even after a team is formed based on the time available and nature of work. This aspect focuses on individual growth and can be substantially aided, with the right organizational support/ policies.
With all the other pieces in place, this is the last critical area. When people are aligned with the goals, are challenged at work and believe in the work they do, their motivation levels are the best, There are somethings an organization can do – to provide a good work environment, good recognition and rewards programs, competitive compensation and benefits. However in this aspect, a lot is also the responsibility of the individuals and how they deal with their own internal upkeep and self motivation.
Here’s wishing you have a team that is successful and is able to cross the chasm, from ordinary to very successful teams using CHASM approach.
The article was first published in Mr. Prashantha Sawhney’s LinkedIn Pulse post. The article is reproduced here with the authors permission. The views shared by the author are shared in his personal capacity.
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