by Todd Arnold
Ever find yourself in a similar situation? Things need done, and everything seems to fall in your lap. But you just can’t do everything. Getting everything done effectively requires a team that works together well.
Each role in a well-built organization exists for a reason. Something needs done.
Defining Roles and Responsibilities
What was the result? The word of God increased; the number of disciples multiplied in Jerusalem greatly; and a great company of the priests were obedient to the faith (Acts 6:7). When people know what is expected of them, it is more likely that they get it done. When every team member performs his role completely, the likelihood of the team being successful increases greatly.
In order for an individual to fill a role successfully, the expectations of the role need to be clearly defined and communicated.
The next time you slump into your chair in frustration, ask yourself, “Why didn’t John do what I thought he should do? Did he really recognize that it needed done and that it was his responsibility to do it? Did I make it clear to him that he owned the task? Did I make sure he understood what needed done? Maybe John’s failure to perform is really my fault.”
Two Key Guidelines
Then, communicate your expectations to the designated individual. Give him a copy of the checklist and review it line by line. Ask questions to ensure he understood you correctly.
Following these steps will put everyone on the same page, increasing the likelihood that your expectations will be met: everything will get done without you having to do it.
About the Author
Todd Arnold is a husband, father, and General Manager of Pine Test Equipment. He is a life-long learner, interested in leadership and growing people. You can connect with him on Twitter at @toddmarnold or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.