I have a question for you: have you ever been at one of those fancy “12 Course Meal” restaurants?
A lot of us are so busy we throw together a quick dinner with everything served on the same plate, skipping the green beans because it would take too long and it’s too much effort.
Although we’re “fed”, we may not feel satisfied, and we aren’t getting the nutrients we need to stay healthy!
But think about that 12-course meal for a moment. It’s fascinating! The point is not just to fill your belly, but to let you experience the meal with all your senses, and each course builds upon the last – it’s a journey, not a destination. ?and they don’t skimp on the veggies!
The chef paints a complete picture – each course is an element essential to the whole. One that provides both experience and nutrition.
Often, our team members are hyper-focused on their own work. They are so deep in the weeds that they lose sight of what?s around them. They don?t see how they fit into the project as a whole, or how important it is to connect with the rest of the team.
Part of our role as Project Manager is to help the team step back and see the larger picture.
Here are 3 suggestions to help your people think beyond their box:
- End to Ends: if your project is process-oriented, have the team members get together to run through a critical process (*warning: this can be really bumpy!)
- Cross-Training: this is good practice anyway, but terrific for understanding how we’re all part of a whole
- Introduce Errors: similar to End to Ends, have someone make a mistake in the first step of a process and see how it impacts everyone else
Your team will work better – and more effectively – if they pick up their head every once in a while. The way you help them do that is only limited by your imagination. Maybe you can paint them a picture with some fancy food!
Speaking of fancy, here’s an article that explains what goes into each course in that 12-course meal you just volunteered to make: https://www.webstaurantstore.com/blog/2578/full-course-meal.html
Stay safe, stay healthy – and lead on!
PS ? I sent this post to my dad, who happens to be an amazing leader. Here’s what he said: “Your mother never skips the green beans. As far as working as a team, take time to celebrate everyone’s talent or contribution.”
Wise words from a wise man!