team building leadership organization development expert michael cardus

It is December and that means strategic planning, employee performance appraisals and goal-setting. This is a delicate balancing act that managers and employees play and we all know our roles.

Sitting with a CEO looking over last years strategic plan, and planning the planning session and follow up for this years strategic plan (how many time can I write planning in sentence?) he said something that was musical magic to my consultant ears.

“Everyone in every department has to know what they are accountable for, and what they need from the other departments to accomplish what they are accountable for.”

It is the glue that makes companies and team work, defining accountability and authority PLUS ensuring that everyone knows what and who is accountable for the work / outputs.

On to the inquiry:

What are you accountable for? how can others help you in accomplishing your accountability?

Sounds easy right? Try it, then when you think you have the answer randomly ask 5 people who work in your department the same question. My guess is you will not find many responses that are the same. And that is frustrating for everyone.

This year in your planning and goal-setting time answer those two questions and align your department and individual goals accordingly.

Strategic Planning is a necessary evil and can be very effective or very defective. This is why you need someone who can facilitate and control the process of the planning meeting. Concluding the time with action-steps and follow-up to get the work done. Contact Mike, he makes that happen.

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