Creating mission specialists

We talked a few days ago about a 100 days plan for your new team members. This is the plan to get them hooked into the work, the organization, and to you to create better engagement and added productivity. There is an important assumption in all of this. That assumption is that you know what you want out of any new member of your team–that you know what you want from your team in whole. Friends, this is clear blue sky stuff here. Nobody does this consistently that I have come across. More often, we just find a butt to stuff into a chair and then start plopping work on them. Why? Because it takes everything we got to just keep our team (and ourselves) above water. I get it. What if we did it differently, though? What if we spent the time to ink up what we want from our team, how to compose the team, and what success looks like. What if we created roles for our team members to fulfill? What if we created mission specialists instead of general generalists?

by Jonathan Wilson

Jonathan is the Head Coach at Sandcastle Company, a Seattle-based leadership training organization. His first book, Future Leader: Rebooting Leadership to Win the Millennial and Tech Future [link], is now available. Jonathan regularly writes and speaks about The New Leader Way, leadership resilience, and the future of work. He has years of leadership experience in both the public and private sectors, a master's degree from Seattle University, and professional coach training from the University of Miami.

Filed under: 100daysplan

Published on September 13, 2018

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