Getting locked into how something needs to be done can often hold back our teams and ourselves. When we Connect the Dots by focusing on the “why” of our project, we engage our team into a purpose that drives action and accountability.
Alternately, we also have had a staff member who has true grit, no matter how many failed attempts they have. They keep trying a new approach until they are successful. The difference between these two staff members is not skill, but purpose. When your staff have purpose, the teleological mechanism provides your staff with feedback on whether the current effort is on target or needs to be adjusted. This self-regulating process is critical in creating true accountability and resilience. Purpose, or a strong why, creates a want-to effort. This “effort making a difference” mindset eliminates the need to blame. The creative energy is then focused on solving the problems instead of making the problems impossible.
So, when we take time to Connect The Dots, explain the why, and provide a purpose for achieving the goals, we connect into the discretionary energy of our staff. This, in turn, drives energy, accountability and innovation.