1. Know when you are Productive vs Unproductive?
How can you be sure when you are productive or unproductive? It’s easy to identify when you are personally productive. It feels good. Things run smoothly, you are responsive, motivated, pumped. You have brain power, a clear mind and you know exactly what to do and when to do it. However, indicators that you are lacking in productivity are not always obvious. Stress is the most obvious but it can also be things like absent-mindedness, procrastination or distractions, email that dominates your time, being behind schedule or increased conflicts.
A productive team has little conflict, is motivated and works cohesively to a common goal. Round pegs are definitely in round holes with the team working very much with their strengths and solving the weaknesses. Most importantly a team will have simple and clear systems of operation. Additionally they are lead, not managed, which means they are more autonomous rather than foot soldiers. Where, by contrast, an unproductive team will have dominant personalities that rule or dictate. Conflicts are common, communications are weak and resource is constantly wasted.