Think about your team for a moment.  Not the Lakers.  Your co-workers, your employees, your fellow revolutionaries.  Your team.

Got ’em in mind?

Ok…here’s today’s question: How well do they know what you’re actually trying to do?  Think you know?  What would they call a win?  What part of their weekly output would they say is moving the ball down the field toward the goal?

Made to Stick includes a fascinating snippet from Stephen Covey’s 8th Habit.  Check out the following statistics from a poll of 23,000 employees:

  • Only 37 percent said they have a clear understanding of what their organization is trying to achieve and why.
  • Only one in five said they had a clear "line of sight" between their tasks and their organization’s goals.

Interesting statistics…don’t you think?

Covey goes on to illustrate the situation this way:  "If say, a soccer team had these same scores, only 4 of the 11 players would know which goal is theirs.  Only 2 of the 11 would care.  Only 2 of 11 would know which position they play and know exactly what they were supposed to do.  And all but 2 players would, in some way, be competing against their own team members rather than the opponent."

So…do you think your team members know which goal is theirs?  And are they competing against each other?

A little scary…don’t you think?

How Many of Your Players Know Which Goal Is Theirs?