What is urgent for your team? Due to the very nature of teamwork, discerning the urgent is a recurring task. This step will be a process that must be defined every day for the team. This step is a cyclical step. This step will repeat itself often.
This step is also one that will cause many teams and team leaders to never cross over into the area of team development and deployment. This point is where the team members must discern what will consume their time. The time and energy consumed by events and busy schedules can cripple a vision for team development.
Discerning the urgent will call upon team members to release some responsibilities and tasks to the skills and talents of others. This “releasing” does not appear to be an easy effort for many groups. To define what is of the utmost importance (urgent) and giving it priority is the only way a team will be able to engage a strategy for strong team development.
To step into the area of team development the team members must ask a few simple questions:
1. What am I being asked to do?
2. Does this agree with the vision to be accomplished?
3. Am I attempting to do this task alone?
4. Can someone else successfully perform this task by asking them to do so?
5. Am I certain that this is being driven by an inward desire?
When a team comes to a clear understanding of their vision, the demands of this vision over the desires of other people, and is clear in regard to what is urgent, that team is then ready to move into the area of team development. Trying to deploy a team before the team is ready will cripple the effort to move forward.
“What is urgent?” seems like a simple question but these three words can help clarify the direction for any team effort.