You and your organization need to get things done–lots of things, and the right things. You have invested heavily in the human factors: salaries, training, technology, space and equipment. But are you getting the results from your people that you could? Are they getting both tactical and strategic things done, with the least amount of effort and stress possible? In other words, do they have a sustainable work style that supports their commitment to the organization and to themselves?
Getting Things Done has become the reference for individuals seeking to maximise their own productivity while reducing stress and strain at work. But more and more of our clients are asking about the organisational impact of GTD. They want to know if GTD will help their teams work interactively in ways that leverage the possibilities of teams and groups, and if their teams’ day-to-day activities are lined up with the strategic focus required to maximise return on their time.
There is no doubt that simply raising the game of the individuals on the team will make team play at a higher level much more likely. But as giant-killing sports teams have shown through history, there is also something to be said for enhancing team play no matter what the skill level of the individuals on the team.
In our work with organisations we are targeting both–when used by individuals GTD will raise the performance potential of the team, and, both in and out of the classroom, we work with leaders of the organisation to develop a different culture around what is expected in terms of how things get done. We work to make thoughtful action–not mindless activity–the standard across the organisation. By offering a common language around tracking and taking action we develop a culture of action in your organisation; a culture of everyone knowing what the desired outcomes are, what the next action is, and who “has the ball”. Some managers and leaders are already on top of this, and some need support; developing an organisational standard for how action is tracked and discussed supports all leaders in managing and leading in a way that maximises the outputs of individuals and sum of the efforts of those individuals on the team.