Performance Planning to Motivate and Unite Your Team
In the past every year around this time was quite painful, because I knew I had to come up with my Performance Plan goals. It’s not that it is a hard thing to do, but something about planning what to accomplish in a year always made me feel overwhelmed. And now, as a leader with a team relying on me to set the direction for the year, it can seem even more overwhelming.
Performance Planning here in Timor with the staff has always been a team activity in which we break down by departments and each department makes its own goals, sometimes based on the regional priorities for the year. This has worked in terms of uniting the departments around some common goals, but does not always allow people to see how their work aligns with the bigger picture, for example our strategy and mission. How do you get a driver or an admin assistant to understand how they contribute to helping people become more food secure?
Last year we decided to use performance planning to motivate staff and unite them more around common goals. I could feel the excitement in the air as drivers discussed how they contribute to our mission and our IT staff suggested ways to help our local partners. Throughout the year people were able to reference ways they contribute to our strategy, and were able to communicate this to visitors and donors.
Overall it worked quite well and this year we will do the same, but also add some indicators to track our progress. In this episode I share our experience and how you can do the same with your own team.