A Checklist for Shared Outcomes

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By Peter Tarhanidis

I was recently assigned to transform a procurement team into one that managed outsourcing partnerships. I realized the team was very disengaged, leaving the strategy up to me to define. There was no buy-in. The team and the partnerships were sure to fail.

But I was determined to make the team successful. For me, this meant it would be accountable for managing thriving partnerships and delivering superior outcomes.

To get things back on track, I had to first get alignment on goals. Setting shared goals can help to shape collaborative and accountable teams that produce desired outcomes.

Establishing goal alignment can be a difficult leadership challenge; however, leaders must gather the needs of all stakeholders and analyze their importance to achieve the desired organization outcome.

I often use this checklist to tackle this challenge:

  1. Set shared goals in consensus with teams to motivate them to achieve the desired outcome.
  2. Link shared goals to key performance indicators (KPIs) that lead to the desired outcome.
  3. Integrate goals into individual and project performance reviews to drive accountability.
  4. Measure KPIs to keep teams on track.

I used this checklist during the procurement team project and it helped to reset and reinvigorate the team. Once we aligned around shared goals, team collaboration increased and the organization started to achieve the targeted business benefits.

If you’ve used a checklist like this before, where have you stumbled and how did you turn it around?

Posted by Peter Tarhanidis on: July 18, 2017 03:55 PM | Permalink

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Great article.Thank you for sharing your checklist.

Sometimes it's the short and simple articles like this, that are concise, that really provide value.
Thanks

Thanks Peter, very good.
I specially like point 3, link the personal objectives with the projects objectives. When not align you don't get expected result.

Great write-up Peter. The checklist you share really has some points that can be used in other facets of our career. Our team leader has presented similar items for our yearly goals and performance evaluations - as you highlighted in point #3.

Use of Checklists to improve engagement is highly appreciated.

That is always our challenge, Peter. I would add a fifth step: analyze the collected to see if the KPI deviation are beyond a certain threshold.

If in fact, the deviation is substantial, you should immediately start some kind of corrective measure. Waiting until a performance review, may be too late.

Thanks for sharing

Thanks for sharing

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