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When Each of Your Team Members Has Clear Wins, You Release Them to Do Their Best Work

I want you to consider this question…

At work, I clearly understand what’s expected of me.” 

From strongly agree to strongly disagree, where would you place yourself on this scale?

Gallup, an organization that has researched organizational success for many years, has found that the answer to this statement can predict a high performing individual on team—

Because clarity drives performance.

When we work with church teams, it’s common in our conversations for us to ask the question, ​“How do you define success for your role?”​ Or, ​“How do you know when you’ve achieved a ‘win’ at work?

Do you agree or disagree with this statement: “At work, I clearly understand what’s expected of me.” Your answer to this question could likely determine your success. Click To Tweet

Typically, we are met with a sheepish smile and this respond after a pause: ​“Hmm, that’s a really good question.”​ 

They just don’t know what their target is or if they are routinely hitting it. 

Clarity provides a target.

Sometimes, we see frustration. It stems from not knowing what they “should” be achieving or where they “should” be focusing their energy. They often invest a lot of effort, time, and activity without seeing much impact. 

It’s actually not unusual to hear multiple team members in the same church thinking they have responsibility for the same win. Best way to starve your family’s pet dog? Assign four family members to feed it. ​

It’s actually not unusual to hear multiple team members in the same church thinking they have responsibility for the same win. Best way to starve your family’s pet dog? Assign four family members to feed it. Click To Tweet

Clarity provides accountability. 

The point is—when each of your team members has clear wins, you release them to do their best work. They can be confident of their target and how to measure where they might still need work. Frustration decreases and your team performs more effectively. ​

When each of your team members has clear wins, you release them to do their best work. Click To Tweet

Clarity is kind.

Our team just launched a brand new online course—Unstuck Church Staff (Enrollment just opened. Check it out.) We really believe in the power and importance of role clarity, there is an entire module dedicated to just that.

In this module, we’ve given you a few tangible ways to address the question, “What’s expected of me?” And, we might be biased, but we think it’s really important to dig into each of these tools to best answer this question, but we want to highlight one element in particular that we think be helpful—

Goal Setting. 

It’s not-so-earth shattering, but providing focus and clarity on the most important work you should be accomplishing can lead to surprising wins for your team. 

Goal Setting: A not-so-earth shattering idea that provides focus and clarity on the most important work you should be accomplishing that can lead to surprising wins for your team. Click To Tweet

For many years, the catch phrase in goal setting was SMART goals (specific, measurable, achievable, relevant, and time-bound). At The Unstuck Group, we prefer FAST goals:

1. Frequently Discussed

In order for a goal to be effective, it must be frequently discussed. 

Frequently discussed challenges the old notion of creating a goal in January only to file it away until the time comes for year-end reviews. Without frequently discussing goals and corresponding progress, goals quickly become irrelevant.

2. Ambitious

Ambitious recognizes the fact that goals should be challenging but not impossible to achieve.

Setting ambitious goals requires checking in to determine what support your team members need to achieve their goals.

3. Specific

Goals need to be specific. 

This allows you to see what specifically should be accomplished and in what time frame.

4. Transparent 

Transparent means that goals should be public for your team and other leaders to see. In addition to providing accountability, transparency also reduces the likelihood of duplication or overlap in team members’ goals.

When you put these four components together, they clarify each team member’s wins and how to measure progress against them, ultimately clarifying the role and building towards a healthy and high-performing team.

This is one of the many tools that we dive into in our Unstuck Church Staff online course, and if you’re anything like the many pastors that frequently tell us they have structure questions and skill gaps on their church staff, you might be wondering these things—

  • Ever wonder if you have the right people, and if they are in the right seats?
  • Ever wonder if you’re over-staffed or over-spending on personnel?
  • Ever wonder if you have the right performance management system to lead a team that follows through?

If so, you’re definitely not alone.

Over the last 10 years, we’ve helped more than 400 churches structure their teams to their ministry strategy, get the right people in the right seats, and build an effective performance management system. 

This is why we wanted to create the Unstuck Church Staff online course—to make it tangible for pastors to learn the skills and the systems to grow more confident as the leader of your ministry team, and enjoy leading the most unstuck church staff you’ve ever had.

Interested in learning more? Explore the course here.

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