One of my alter egos is “Captain Obvious”. He emerges when I say or do something with my client that everyone already knows – and yet may not be saying out loud or doing in practice. Oftentimes, Captain Obvious is the “elephant in the room” or the issue that nobody wants to bring up.
Time to get things done can be something for Captain Obvious.
A client hired me to work with them on strategy and performance and to create a high-performing team. The strategy they created out of the gate was inspired, smart and powerful!! There was excitement over the strategy because it was visionary,
The tasks-at-hand would have the core team pushing themselves in new ways, and they were excited to get started. At team meetings, the right people were taking on assignments with enthusiasm. “Yes! I’ll take that on!” was the theme of the day. And yet, over the first few weeks of implementing their strategy, milestones were being missed.
I returned to check in on the group four weeks later and soon realized that morale had started to wane.
This looked like a job for Captain Obvious.
So I asked a Captain Obvious question: “So, when you took on the tasks, how many of you pulled out your calendars and carved out time to actually complete the task?”
Two of the nine raised their hands.
Five of them said they put it on their list of ‘Things to do’ but no, they did not carve out physical time to work on the tasks.
Then I asked, “And how many of you looked at your other list of responsibilities to figure out how much bandwidth you had this month to take this on?” This time only 2 people raised their hands.
They were so committed to creating the change, that they didn’t realize they may also have to change HOW they approached their work to make it happen.
Sometimes the most simple and obvious habits are the MOST important to change when you want to perform at high levels! Intelligence, energy and teamwork are the keys to moving with momentum… and yet, the details for HOW you will move are what ensures you move at all.