It is budget time for David. He hates budgets. David is spending many long hours worrying about dollars and estimates. However, he isn’t looking at the costs associated with misalignment.
David is a technical leader, like many of the leaders that I coach. It is easier for David to work with hard dollars in the budget, than it is to reduce waste caused by misalignment in his team. However, this misalignment could have a significant negative impact on the budget.
I believe that employees want to do their best every day. But if each employee has a slightly differently interpretation of the direction of the team, they could be doing their best, but not using the skills and creativity in alignment with everyone else. In addition to wasted energy & resources, this misalignment can cause conflict in the team.
David, as a leader, needs to worry about budgets. It is part of his job. But he also needs to ensure that each team member is aligned with the direction of the team & the organization.
However, David doesn’t know how to do this – and like many leaders I coach, he doesn’t like to ask for help. Since, I’m not coaching David, I’m posting these steps for him, and every other leader who wants to keep their team aligned with the direction of the enterprise:
So, to all the David’s out there: worry about your budgets AND keep your team working in the proper direction. If you’d like to talk to me about alignment contact me at Valerie.MacLeod@HainesCentre.com