Back in early April, when we were just starting to become acquainted with life under lockdown, I spoke about “Virtual productivity in a time of lockdown” in our week 13 newsletter. At that point, we still believed life would return to “normal” in a couple of months, but here we are five months later, and now virtual work and meetings are the main way for teams to stay connected and productive.
As we continue to settle into this reality, where the lines between work and home are blurred, I believe it’s important to define boundaries and also to keep focus on the outcomes rather than just doing work.
As business owner, Chris Myers says in this Forbes article, “clarity must come first”.So how do we achieve clarity and ensure that we are all aligned in our understanding of our tasks and goals?
I believe the answer lies in this article which offers Dr Penny Pullan’s “6 Steps” where leaders acts as the facilitator to create an environment and team norms, where the whole team, and the individuals within it, can thrive and flourish together, producing great work.
Assuming that meetings are one of the cornerstones of driving accountability and productivity, the 6 steps create a framework and consistency across all online meetings and, in essence, follow the format outlined below.
As it happens, the 6 Steps align with Kyocera’s philosophy of Amoeba Management. This philosophy talks about organising the company into small groups called amoebas, which operate on a self-supporting basis. Amoeba Management encourages leaders to develop managerial awareness, and teams to practice “management by all”.
By enhancing a sense of participation and ownership among employees, motivated by Amoeba Management and implemented through the 6 Steps, we can clarify the responsibilities of each member, ensure transparency in every detail, and enable accurate accountability and measurements of efficiency. We believe these are useful tools to use both internally and with our partners.