How to Get "Unstuck"

By Jessica Wishart

dateMon, Mar 25, 2013 @ 09:59 AM

We're coming to the end of the quarter; now's the time when people start to panic about those Reds and Yellows on their Rhythm dashboard.  You're running out of time to make critical adjustments to meet your goals by the end of the quarter.Meetings

Now is the time to take full advantage of that last question on the Daily Huddle agenda and in the Week In Sync Note… "where are you stuck?"  What is preventing you from moving the needle on your priorities?  Sometimes reflecting on what the roadblock really is can start you down the path to solving your own problem.  

But, the real magic in thinking through where you are stuck is that you get to share it with your team in your Weekly Meeting or on your Daily Huddle. When you have the collective intelligence of the other people in your team, chances are you won't remain stuck for long. When your team has established a culture of trust and openness, people are eager to share challenges and offer ideas.  Maybe there are some established best practices for handling similar situations, or maybe someone on your team has a creative solution just crazy enough to get you unstuck.  Or, perhaps someone on your team has met his or her goals and can volunteer time and resources to help you finish up the quarter strong.

Patrick has said that willingness to share stucks is a sign of a healthy team.  So, if you find yourself hesitating to voice your stucks and tap into your team's problem solving strengths, ask yourself why?  What's holding you back?


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