8th March 2022

Spring Cleaning – Leadership Tips to Reset Your Team

Springtime is almost here! As nature takes its cue and brings about new growth out of the cold of winter, you can take the opportunity to perform some regular maintenance to help your team blossom this year.

You may be familiar with the idea of spring cleaning. It’s when you pull everything out of the closets, move the furniture around, pull up the rugs, and clear out the dust and cobwebs from the places that remain hidden for most of the rest of the year. It’s also a chance to take stock, reorganize, and even get rid of things that are no longer useful to you. It’s a tough, yet satisfying process.

Spring is also a great time to perform a similar process with your leadership. Take time to be intentional about your approach to leadership, picking things apart and holding them to the light, critically evaluating your systems, processes, and workflows can reap incredible dividends for you and your team.

Here are a few keys to help you make the most of this process in a way that empowers your team.

1: Take Stock

This is the first and perhaps most important step. You can’t make good decisions without knowing what you’re working with. You may be thinking that as a manager or team leader you would already be aware of these details. But you might be surprised at how much you weren’t aware of before taking on this exercise.

2: Involve Your Key Players and Stakeholders

As you take stock, include observations from members of your team. If possible, seek outside perspectives as they can be extremely valuable. If you manage a large team, identify the stakeholders, project leads, and other key players and bring them into the conversation.

3: Identify Areas of Success

It’s not just about focusing on what needs to be fixed, it’s important to identify, recognize, and celebrate successes. When your team can see that you notice and acknowledge even the smallest wins, it will help them see any critical comments you may have as constructive rather than discouraging.

4: Identify Growth Areas

Take a hard look at what you’d like to improve. Don’t just look at outcomes, consider your team’s processes, workflow, communication, relationships, and structure. What core assumptions are you making about these fundamental dynamics? If there is friction or dysfunction, what is the root cause? Where can you eliminate tiny inefficiencies?

Don’t leave yourself out of the equation. Think about how you can grow as a leader and take steps to refine your leadership approach.

5: Make a Plan, Together

Now that you’ve taken the time to observe and reflect, you can begin to formulate a plan. How you tackle your growth areas will be unique to your situation, but again, it’s important to include others in this part of the process. As you arrive at strategies, focus on collaborative solutions that don’t place the burden of change on just a few people. Aim for everyone on your team to be an equal participant in addressing pain points and growth challenges.

6: Live It Out

Once you have your plan, and once you’ve made sure to effectively communicate your plan, it’s time to implement it. Lead by example and be sure to ask for feedback. Keep an open mind about course corrections when an approach isn’t working as expected and stay flexible until your team adapts to the changes.

It’s important to remember that the goal here is not to reinvent the wheel. If your company has a healthy culture, most of your structures, processes, policies and workflows will remain. While this exercise may lead you and your team to have larger conversations revolving around significant changes in the form of major restructuring or innovations, that shouldn’t necessarily be your expectation. Most likely, if you embrace this as an annual practice, the changes you and your team will make will be in the form of subtle optimizations.

Your people are your most valuable resource. If you’re ready to take the next step in your team development, check out our Team Building Training. You’ll learn the keys to leading a high-performance, agile, and engaged team that can adapt to changing circumstances.

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