By Whiskey Tango
BLUF- It's said that making an assumption makes an Ass of you and me. In a lot of ways, this is true. When it comes to handing out tasks as leaders we often assume that our receiving sections get it. We assume that they understand what we expect of them. We assume that they know exactly what to do with little guidance.
Short Story- There was once a kingdom ruled by a wise and just king. The king had many advisors and counselors, and he was always looking for ways to improve the lives of his subjects.
One day, the king called his advisors together and asked them to come up with a plan to increase the kingdom's wealth. The advisors went away and spent many days and nights thinking and discussing the problem.
Finally, they came back to the king with a proposal. They suggested that the kingdom increase its trade with other lands, and that they build new roads and ports to make this easier. The king listened carefully and asked many questions, and finally he approved the plan.
The advisors went away and began implementing their plan, and soon the kingdom's wealth began to grow. The people prospered and the kingdom became even more prosperous than before.
The king was pleased with his advisors, and he knew that he had tasked them well. He had given them a difficult problem to solve, and they had come up with a wise and practical solution. The king learned that by giving people challenging tasks and trusting them to do their best, he could help them grow and develop their skills.
So how can we change our ways to be like the King in the Story above?
The "So What"-Tasking is an important aspect of leadership because it helps to ensure that tasks are completed effectively and efficiently, and that team members are working towards the goals of the organization. When tasks are assigned appropriately and team members are given the necessary resources and support, it can lead to increased productivity and success.
Tasking is also important because it helps to foster personal and professional growth among team members. By assigning tasks that are slightly outside of their comfort zone or that challenge them to develop new skills, a leader can help team members to grow and learn.
In addition, tasking is important because it helps to build trust and accountability within a team. When team members are given clear tasks and expectations, they know what is expected of them and can be held accountable for their performance. This can help to create a positive and collaborative work environment.
Overall, tasking is a critical aspect of leadership because it helps to ensure that tasks are completed successfully and that team members are working towards the goals of the organization. It is an important tool for maximizing productivity and fostering personal and professional growth among team members.
Here are four T's to get you started
Tell Them - Help team members understand the purpose of the task and how it fits into the larger goals of the organization. This can help to increase motivation and engagement. Clearly define the task: Make sure that team members understand what is expected of them by clearly defining the task and any associated deadlines or expectations.
Talent and Training - Consider team members' skills and abilities: When assigning tasks, consider the skills and abilities of each team member. Make sure to match tasks with the right team member, taking into account their strengths and areas for development. Ensure proper training is available if needed.
Tools - Make sure that team members have the resources they need to complete the task successfully, such as training, tools, or equipment.
Time - Appropriate amount of time to complete tasks
Onve the task is given don't forget to:
Check in regularly: Stay in touch with team members as they work on their tasks, and be available to provide support or answer questions as needed.
Provide feedback: Offer feedback and guidance to team members as they work on their tasks. This can help to ensure that tasks are completed to the best of their ability and can also help team members to grow and develop their skills.