The Monday Morning Huddle
I was in a meeting this morning with a few of the partners at a great company here in Portland. The purpose of the meeting was to assess how coaching might help them to improve their culture and their results. They already have a good thing going, and have been the gold standard in their industry for the niche they serve.
Like many CEO’s and business leaders today, they are feeling a bit battle-weary. The last three years of economic challenge forced them to make many of the difficult business decisions that many of us faced, including downsizing, cost cutting, and fighting for survival over the short term. Today, they find that they have weathered the worst of the storm, and are now buried with too much business and too much opportunity for their maxed out team.
I know many of you can relate to this story.
In speaking with them today, I noticed that they had stopped doing some of the very things that made them successful during the nine years prior to this economic storm. One of those missing pieces was their weekly team huddle.
As I mentioned in my previous post, How a Big Company Can Feel Small, it is critical for us leaders to communicate during the more challenging times. But this is when most of us feel like communicating least.
During difficult times, we may not be exactly sure what to say. We buy the lie that everybody expects us to have all the answers. The truth is that most of our teammates already know that we don’t have all the answers, and they are hoping that we know that, too!
This group of partners used to have a weekly huddle, and they let that discipline slide. Now, many of them don’t know what is happening in the other departments of this small firm.
One Action Plan I gave to them — and I now share with any of you who need to improve the health of your team — is to have a weekly Monday morning team huddle. Spend 15 to 30 minutes right as the week kicks off to connect, to share victories from the past week, and to discuss what is happening in the week ahead.
The good news for you leaders is that you don’t have to prepare a 16 page presentation. The purpose of the Monday morning huddle is to help your team to be engaged and prepared for the week ahead. Everybody on the team can and should participate. You just need to lead by example, and to facilitate this group action plan.
Your culture and results should improve,