5 insights from 10 years of project team alignment meetings

first_img 21SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Jim Haack Strategic, multidisciplinary designer & student of organizational effectiveness with an eye for innovation and integration. Jim is an award winning and highly creative facilities and project expert with +30 years … Web: www.momentumbuilds.com Details No doubt you have heard the well wore phrase “singing from the same sheet of music”. This is rightly one of the most used metaphors in the canon of project team alignment. Creating a team’s shared sense of purpose, common understanding of impact, and accountability for results gets your team aligned. It is a potent first step in achieving great project results and it does not happen by accident.The real question is not about the value in aligning your team; most understand the power of clear, shared project goals. The question is how to get there. Over the past 10 years working with leading credit unions we have found that the process of creating great project results begins with helping teams align. Therefore, we start every project with this core challenge. Over time we have found a few consistent and surprisingly simple themes, and as a result, continue to deliver successful projects designed to meet unique needs for diverse institutions.In order to get on the same page, you have to have a pageHow many times have you launched a project without a page? Virtually every Credit Union institution has a stated vision guiding strategic decisions. In the most successful institutions that vision is compelling and most importantly, helps teams translate goals into concrete daily work focused on objectives. Don’t deny your project the benefit of vision committed to paper. At Momentum we call this a Project Charter. Every alignment meeting produces one, even if only as a draft. It’s the crisp, clear statement of purpose that empowers the project leaders, drives progress, and helps your teams filter decisions large and small. The Project Charter communicates to all a clear understanding of why the organization is pursuing the project.Alignment is about pull, not pushA mentor and dear friend drove this point home recently when describing the magnetic power of purpose to pull teams into sustained alignment. Picture a grade school science experiment using a single magnet to pull together iron filings. Can you see it? Contrast this with a parking lot full of shopping carts and the effort necessary to slam them together and push them back to the front of the store. Successful projects begin with a clear purpose that pulls team members towards a common objective. They are not solely driven by the individual requirements of project team members. Read MoreStructure amplifies creativityMany believe that creativity needs space to blossom. An unrepentant frolic in and out of the rabbit holes of possibility is the only true path to creative breakthrough. While it’s true that iterative process involves a certain amount of exploration, some experts believe up to 35% of project time is spent on rework. The reality of high performing teams, especially ones with limited time, finite budgets, and defined expectations, is that there is little patience for rework. A well-aligned project team will structure enough space for the creative process in the early project phase such that future decisions can be treated with discipline and based on concrete project requirements. This helps to keep projects from being derailed by mistimed exploration.Diversity is an X FactorA brilliant group of MIT organizational experts used body-worn sensors to gather data on project teams. Surprisingly the most consistent predictor of success, up to 94%, is not what is communicated, but how, and furthermore, the more diverse the team’s interaction, the more successful. When communication is disproportionately focused on limited team members the results are consistently less effective.The correlation between team diversity and results is extensive. For example, Stanford University student engineering design teams consistently win more often when team diversity is a component of team composition. The value credit unions achieve through involving multiple levels of staff with varied backgrounds in the project alignment process cannot be overstated. Incorporating many diverse viewpoints is empowering to the team and leads to richer, more well thought-out delivery strategies; just what is needed to give your project the edge necessary to carve out exceptional results.Place is powerful! Draw from your “local” to build a relevant member experienceSmart money will anchor long-term branch transformation in a design prototype. While the advantages of a prototype are many, the most compelling and durable may be that it can repeatedly translate your story into experience in a relevant way. Your members, like all of us, face a barrage of brands screaming for attention every day. Additionally, according to the website Trendwatchers.com, brand experiences increasingly delivered through the lens of a few mega-brands (think iPhone banking) are becoming democratized and diluted.The ubiquitous access to everything all the time makes your place more special and perhaps more necessary than ever before. The alignment process is consistently an opportunity for teams to re-center a project towards what is unique about their organization, and how that can be made relevant to members and employees alike. This process can help a team resist the urge to jump on a stylistic bandwagon and instead choose to incorporate the unique story of their place.Once aligned, teams will really produce. So, articulate purpose, it’s magnetic. Put great process behind your team to amp up their creativity. Celebrate the diversity of your institution and create a relevant member experience by telling your story drawn from your unique place.I’d love to hear your thoughts. Wishing you a prosperous 2015!last_img read more


Bacolod, 3 NegOcc cities get ‘seal’ of good governance

first_img“For us, this is a validation of allthe other awards we earned,” the mayor said in a statement on Friday. Interior Secretary Eduardo Año said ina statement that the SGLG 2019 presents a more challenging requisite of hittingthe minimum criteria in the SGLG’s seven governance areas. Of the five cities awarded in WesternVisayas, four are in Negros Occidental. The other is Passi in Iloilo province. “Congratulations to all Region 6awardees. We recognize your efforts in practicing good governance and providingbetter public service,” the DILG-6 posted on its official Facebook page. Mayor Evelio Leonardia said the SGLGis the barometer of the performance of a local government unit (LGU). The LGU awardees will also have accessto other programs and capacity development assistance of the DILG. (With a report from PNA/PN) BACOLOD City –Four cities in Negros Occidental, including this capital city, are among thisyear’s awardees of the coveted Seal of Good Local Governance (SGLG) bestowed bythe Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG). This time, the LGU also has todemonstrate positive results out of its reform efforts, taking into account thelocal leadership and the cohesive action of the entire workforce. For 2019, only 57 out of 145 citiesaround the country have been presented with the SGLG Awards. The criteria have seven governancecore areas – financial administration; disaster preparedness; socialprotection; peace and order; business-friendliness and competitiveness;environmental protection; and tourism, culture, and the arts. The three others include the componentcities of San Carlos, Silay and Victorias. The SGLG marker will be conferred onthe recipients, along with the eligibility to the Performance Challenge Fund tofinance their local development initiatives. All the four cities from NegrosOccidental have celebrated their wins in their respective social media postssince Thursday.last_img read more


Fruta Conquerors, GDF battle for $2M tonight

first_img… Santos, Police play for third placeTHE 2019/2020 champions of the Guyana Football Federation (GFF) Super 16 Cup would be crowned tonight and would be $2M richer. Set to battle for the historic Brass Aluminum & Cast Iron Foundry (BACIF)-minted trophy are reigning Elite League Champions Fruta Conquerors and the Guyana Defence Force.Tonight’s third-place match features the losing semi-finalists Santos Football Club and the Guyana Police Force.Not taking anything away from the Santos/Police clash, all eyes would be on the grand finale which is anticipated to be a humdinger of a clash between two sides who play a very fast-pace game. Fitness at this final hurdle would be critical in deciding which of the two gladiators would be lifting the first-of-its-kind trophy.Bragging rights for the next 12 months are also at stake and it would be down to the level of fruitful offensive maneouvres created or executed by both teams that would make the difference tonight.Conquerors, like GDF, would have scored a total of ten goals in their three matches to date with the former conceding the least, just a single goal while the soldiers’ goal have been breached on three occasions.Both captains have expressed confidence in winning tonight and while that’s commendable, the reality is that only one team will walk away smiling, with the $2M cheque; the losers would not leave empty-handed as they would be collecting $1M.The huge task of delivering their fourth consecutive win in this knockout tournament for the Tucville-based Conquerors would be resting on the tournament’s leading goalscorer to date, Delon Lanferman, who has distinction of being the only player to have scored in every match. He has five goals including a hat-trick.Ryan ‘Bum Bum’ Hackett, with three to date inclusive of a double, will be another key component of the Conquerors attack as will Nicholas McArthur and Eon Alleyne, the other goalscorers. Captain Vurlon Mills’ role in midfield as the chief engine room operator would be critical to Conquerors’ ambition of winning to seal the double having won the league.Akel Clarke’s role in goal would not be easy tonight as the Army players would surely be firing shots in abundance; Trevor Jones, Quincy Adams, Jahall Greaves and Raphael Edwards would all have to step up and be formidable in the defensive third if they are to keep the GDF at bay.The experience of Gregory ‘Jackie Chan’ Richardson would be called upon to help seal a win for the Fruta boys.At the other end of the pitch, GDF have shown that even if they are put on the back foot, they possess enough firepower to come out all shots firing on the homestretch with lethal implications for their opponents.They’ll be banking heavily on the likes of Benjamin Opara who is just one goal behind Lanferman in the race for the highest goalscorer and possibly the MVP prize which is one Honda 125cc motorcycle compliments of Marics Honda.Opara has also scored a hat-trick. The other registered in the tournament came off the boot of Buxton United’s Dillon Wright. The GDF has shown some depth in terms of the number of players on target, which stands at seven (7) so far.It means that Opara has able support that’ll come from Sherwin Caesar, Delon and Delroy Fraser, Olvis Mitchell, Colin Nelson and Travis Henry. The respective coaches, both with National experience, Sampson Gilbert (Conquerors) and Joseph ‘Bill’ Wilson (GDF) would no doubt be conjuring up the perfect plan that must be executed on the pitch in order to yield victory and the top prize.The third place match is expected to have its fair share of fanfare with the combatants, Santos and the Guyana Police Force eyeing the winning prize of $500 000 apart from ending the tournament on a high having both encountered one blemish, having lost their semi-final matches.Santos would take confidence from the fact that, apart from Conquerors’ one goal conceded, they have conceded just two while the Law Enforcement Officers’ goal has been breached seven times.Orin Yarde, Kester Jacobs and Lavaughn Eniss all have two goals apiece and will hope to increase that in taking their team to victory. Combining with them would be Stephen Reynolds, Marcus Wilson, captain Kevin Dundas, Ryan Dowding and Sheldon Holder.Police will depend on Daniel Wilson, Trayon Bobb, Pernel Schultz and Jamal Harvey all with a pair of goals to date, as well as Colwyn Adams, Darren Benjamin, Jermain Junior, Stephan Ramsey, Travis Jones, Trevon Lythcott, Jamal Harvey and Kavis Fraser. Kick-off time tonight is 19:00hrs.   Sponsors who have contributed to the success of the tournament are MACORP, NAMILCO, Tourism & Hospitality Association of Guyana, EC Vieira Investments, BACIF, Pegasus Hotel, BK International, Bakewell, Marics Honda, Impressions, China Harbour, 94.1 Boom FM, MVP Sports, Xtra Beer, BK International, Radar Security Service and Supplies and Sleepin International Hotel.last_img read more


Elaine Thompson calls for more track meets for Jamaican young athletes

first_imgJamaica’s double Olympic champion Elaine Thompson says there is a need for more development track meets for young athletes in Jamaica.Crucial for future of young athletesSpeaking after her victory in 60-metre event at the recently held Queens/Grace Jackson Meet at the National Stadium, Thompson stressed the point that such development meets are crucial for the future of these young athletes.“The Queens/Grace Jackson meet is very special for our athletes. It’s a starter and we don’t have a lot of development meets in Jamaica,” said Thompson who retained her title as the 60-metres champion, with a time of 7.18 seconds. The annual “Boys’ and Girls’ Champs is early this year, so coming out to this meet is also a great start for our young athletes.”Held on Saturday, January 27, the Queens/Grace Jackson Meet saw impressive performances from high school athletes from across the island and athletes from the MVP and Racers Track clubs. It is one of the first major track meets on the 2018 JAAA calendar.Need more investment in track and field“There is need for more investment in track and field and we definitely want to see more opportunities for our athletes to gain competitive experience in a relaxed environment,” said Nathan Nelms, assistant brand manager for Stouts and Malta at Red Stripe, sponsors of the Queens/Grace Jackson meet. “As a corporate sponsor of several track events, we try to make the meets enticing for athletes on the amateur and professional circuits with creative prizes. It is hoped that more companies will support track and field meets in this way so that Jamaica can continue its legacy of excellence in the sport.”Malta will also sponsor the Digicel Grand Prix, Youngster Goldsmith Meet, Jamalco Meet, Camperdown Classics, Western Champs, Gibson Relays and the G C Foster Classics this year.last_img read more


Skip A Meal Week raises money for children’s fund

first_img“Normally you say, `Guys, we want to do this and please chip in some money,”‘ Newcomer said, but “this effort is more creative. “You can skip lunch and see what it’s like to go without a meal. Or you can skip dinner and have a really long time between lunch and breakfast,” he added. Either way, you will be raising money for children, he added. Kiwanis members planned to skip breakfast at the club’s regular meeting this week, Crosby said. That will raise about $160, he added. While the money goes to Kiwanis International, it is funneled back to local clubs who apply for grants from Kiwanis International, Crosby said. Grants from Kiwanis International to local projects have resulted in the past in new playground equipment for a park in Fullerton, an after-school computer program for children in Escondido, and a free summer residential camping program for at-risk children in Little Rock, Ark. For Skip A Meal Week, the Whittier Kiwanis are teaming up with other local civic clubs to make the effort a success, including the Greater Whittier Kiwanis, Whittier College’s Circle K Club and La Serna High School Key Clubs. To donate, send checks made payable to the Kiwanis Children’s Fund to c/o Whittier Rio Hondo Kiwanis Club, P.O. Box 402, Whittier, CA 90608. [email protected] (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3022160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! WHITTIER – Want to feel good about yourself? Skip a meal this week. And if you want to feel really good about yourself, donate whatever money you saved on that meal to the Whittier Rio Hondo Kiwanis Club’s international children’s fund, which supports local programs benefiting kids, Kiwanis officials said. “It can encourage us to start off a health kick,” said Curtis Crosby, the club’s president. “There’s a lot of other benefits to that.” Whittier Mayor Owen Newcomer has declared this week “Skip A Meal Week,” asking residents to pass on breakfast, lunch or dinner and instead donate that money to the Kiwanis fund. last_img