The choices you need to make reduce into the 3 questions- Do we have the Right People? Are we doing the Right Things? Are we doing those Things Right?
Habit 1: Priorities
Keep in mind what your company does and why you started it in the first place.
Make a list of opportunities, threats, core values, purpose, targets, goals and key initiatives. Also, keep a track of the essential numerical values such as the income statement and the balance sheet.
Make a one-page strategic plan, to have all they key details strictly on one page only.
Mastering the Use of Core Values
Have a couple of rules, repeat them until everyone is tired of hearing you, and afterward ensuring everyone acts as per them, is the manner by which you make a solid culture. It is easy to identify who fits well into the company and the kind of work that is done. It also leads to higher employee retention and better performance among the employees.
Once the core values are identified, a quarterly Individual Performance Plan should be created for each team member. What are the actions that you and the employee will take to work on each of the core values? What is the plan of action?
Mastering Organizational Alignment and Focus
Identify the top 5 priorities in accordance to the long term goals of the organization. What are they 5 key areas that the company should focus on and each employee should work towards accomplishing?
Management Accountability Plan should be created to ensure each priority is assigned to an employee and they can start working towards it.
Mastering the Quarterly Theme
If the team is emotionally connected to the goals, they are intrinsically motivated towards working on them and achieving it. Ensure the goals are not forgotten.
Habit 2: Data
Recurring issues cost the company a lot of time and money.
To avoid this, create an employee feedback system to identify the exact problems and the possible systematic solutions that can be considered to help solve it.
Ask your employees:
What should we start doing?
What should we stop doing?
What should we continue doing?
Ensure you work on the relevant feedback points. Getting feedback is only the first step, your team should be able to see the progress being made on the feedback they provide.
Habit 3: Rhythm
What is the agenda for your meetings? Set a specific agenda for each of the meetings before it begins.
Depending on the company goals and agenda, the frequency of the meeting should be decided, either daily, weekly, monthly, quarterly or annually.
Each meeting should end with the host summarizing the entire meeting and key tasks or points of discussion should be identified.
Keep the rhythm going!