The hardest project is the one that has no inertia and no momentum. Usually, everyone knows that the project needs to happen. Everyone agrees it needs to be done. Everyone says they will “help out”. But… no one has clear responsibility for its results. You can recognize these projects by how we talk about them:
- “Someone ought to clean up the workroom”
- “Someone ought to train the sales department how to submit their expense reports”
- “Someone ought to write a database report that organizes our customers”
Since no one is in charge…nothing gets done. Everyone else is waiting for something to happen. How do we get this project moving?
Begin by assessing the true importance of the project. Perhaps the “ought to” is just someone’s wishful thinking (or whining). Next, get permission from your supervisor to take action. Make sure you are not violating their trust.
Then, take ownership. Make it your responsibility to get the team across the finish line. Don’t look back. Take no prisoners.
If you can do this with consistency and grace, you will be a rock star in your organization.
Thanks for listening.