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    • 1. THE CLEAR PATH TO GREAT TEAMWORK
    • 2. Lots of teams have BIG visions… source: sungevity.com/blog GOOGLE: “To organize the world’s information and make it universally accessible and useful.” FACEBOOK: “To give people the power to share and make the world more open and connected.” SUNGEVITY: “To build the world’s most energized network of customers who power their lives with sunshine.” 2
    • 3. But, vision is just the 1st step to achieving goals… Once you‟ve defined your vision, execution is everything. Some teams execute well, and do great things. Other teams, no matter how ambitious or how dedicated, get held back. 3
    • 4. Teams that don‟t achieve their visions often start off on the right track… But end up spending less time working towards the goal & more time trying to “stay on the same page.” 4
    • 5. Actual Work Email These teams spend so much time coordinating around the work, that nobody spends a majority of their time doing actual work. Tracking down info Meetings 5
    • 6. Your time would be better spent doing what you‟re great at: designing products, researching cures to diseases, or [doing whatever you are passionate about] Photos: Asana customers Baggu, Emerald Therapuetics, Mission Bikes 6
    • 7. Even worse, after all of this time spent on meetings and emails, teammates still wonder… Why are we doing this thing again? What exactly should I be working on? What do I do next? 7
    • 8. Sending emails, sitting in meetings, and still feeling confused is really soul-sucking. We call this work about work. 8
    • 9. Work about work leads to disengagement, resulting in billions of dollars in lost productivity every year.  $ 450,000,000,000 Source: Gallup: 70% of Workforce „Not Engaged,‟ Costs Billions in Lost Productivity, http://asa.na/disengagement Gallup estimate: $450-$550 billion in lost productivity in the US, per year. 9
    • 10. Choose teamwork instead of work about work. teamwork = team + work /‟tēm w rk/ e noun 1. the combined action of a group of people, esp. when effective and efficient. 10
    • 11. What sets teams that choose teamwork apart? clarity /‟klaritē/ noun 1. the quality of being clear, in particular. 11
    • 12. Without clarity, teams can put in all the effort in the world, but they won‟t be able coordinate effectively to achieve goals. 12
    • 13. To realize your goals & achieve your vision, your team needs 3 types of clarity: 1. Clarity of purpose 2. Clarity of plan 3. Clarity of responsibility 13
    • 14. “The effect of having all 3 clarities is everyone knows what they’re doing, when they’re doing it, and why.” Asana Co-founder, Justin Rosenstein 14
    • 15. 3 TYPES OF CLARITY CLARITY OF PURPOSE
    • 16. CLARITY OF PURPOSE When teammates don’t know how their individual work supports team goals, they lose motivation to participate and contribute. When teammates know how and why their work matters, they get their work done, prioritize effectively, and make better decisions. We call this clarity of purpose. 16
    • 17. ACHIEVING CLARITY OF PURPOSE Create goals as a team, so everyone understands the big picture and has context for their work. Print and display these goals in a highly visible place. Refer to your team goals whenever you prioritize, choose what to work on, or resolve differences. Result: Every teammate feels a sense of purpose, and has the information they need to do their best work. 17
    • 18. 3 TYPES OF CLARITY CLARITY OF PLAN
    • 19. CLARITY OF PLAN When teams aren‟t clear about the plan, everyone feels confused. Without a plan, even the smallest tasks can feel insurmountable. But when teammates know what‟s supposed to happen next, they can move forward. We call this clarity of plan. 19
    • 20. ACHIEVING CLARITY OF PLAN At the start of any project, after goals are defined, identify the steps needed to achieve the project‟s goals. Ensure that the entire team is in agreement on the steps. Record the steps in a shared team list. Result: Every teammate knows the plan and the goal is now realizable. 20
    • 21. 3 TYPES OF CLARITY CLARITY OF RESPONSIBILITY
    • 22. CLARITY OF RESPONSIBILITY When teammates don‟t know who’s doing what, it‟s easy to believe that someone else will get the work done. Work gets duplicated or slips through the cracks. Communication tools like email exacerbate this problem. But when teammates know who is responsible for each step, they are accountable for their own work. We call this clarity of responsibility. 22
    • 23. ACHIEVING CLARITY OF RESPONSIBILITY Designate 1, and only 1, directly responsible individual for each step in your plan. If a step involves more than 1 person, break the work into smaller parts. Make sure every teammate has a clearly defined contribution. Result: Every teammate feels responsible for their part of the project and achieving the team‟s overall goals. 23
    • 24. FINDING CLARITY
    • 25. Imagine having PURPOSE without a PLAN We‟re going to change the world! We‟ll do A, B & C! Maybe someone else will do step B. How? Sounds impossible! Or a PLAN without RESPONSIBILITY You take on step B! I‟ll do A & C. Or RESPONSIBILITY without a PURPOSE Why? Step B doesn‟t really matter to me. 25
    • 26. Your team needs all 3 clarities! Effective teamwork requires clarity of purpose, plan, and responsibility, together. Once your team has all 3, you can: • deliver on your plan • achieve your goals • realize your vision 26
    • 27. “When everyone has clarity in their responsibilities, the whole team can be effective, even one that is operating between Nepal and the U.S.” “Clarity in our work helps us to be more efficient, see more details, and collaborate better, so we can create exceptional products.” “Charting a course by candlelight is much easier than flying in the dark…” 27
    • 28. goals clarity asana teamwork visions The secret to realizing your team‟s vision is clarity! 28
    • 29. For more on how we think about clarity & teamwork: • How Asana is rethinking the tools we use to work together • How to Lead Big Visions from the Heart • The Way We Work is Soul-Sucking, but Social Networks are Not the Fix • Do Great Things • 3 Ways to Make Your Business More Efficient For ideas on how your team can use Asana to get clarity, visit asa.na/clarity 29

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