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How to navigate your organisation’s ship

By November 29, 2018June 16th, 2021No Comments

In our last blog post, we explored the idea that if you don’t know where you are going, how will you get to where you want to go? If you don’t have a clear vision, purpose and set of values, how will you navigate to the right place?

In our latest blog, we explore HOW you navigate there using effective stewardship.In our life, we all work and play on many teams. At work, in our sports clubs, even our family is a team. Every new member that joins those teams increases the number of relationships, which increases the complexity of communication and collaboration. This puts great emphasis on enabling effective stewardship.

So, what is stewardship?

“The careful and responsible management of something entrusted to one’s care.”
–    The dictionary

Stewardship as a term used in the 15th century invokes images of a ship’s crew skilfully navigating a schooner through a storm around the Cape of Good Hope.

This navigation through an unpredictable environment is analogous to how a successful modern organisation will sense and adapt to navigate the business world.

Teams that practice effective stewardship will be transparent on how they:

  1. Manage their work
  2. Hold productive meetings

How do you manage your teamwork?

Writing lists in a notepad? Sticky labels on your computer? In your head? Using email?

These are all common answers to the question of how people manage their everyday tasks, and the tasks of the team.

What do they all have in common? They are not transparent to the team.

How each team manages its work may be highly variable with many factors at play, but the critical thing for effective stewardship is that everyone in the team needs to have visibility of tasks and who is accountable for what.

So, what is our sense and adapt approach to stewardship? The answer – Kanban.

Jim Benson, the creator of Personal Kanban deftly describes the principles of Kanban in this short, six-minute video.

In summary, Kanban provides a way to tackle the team challenges we outlined above with its simple but effective principles of:

  • Visualising work
  • Limiting work in progress
  • Promoting accountability

The ADAPT solution includes a digital Kanban board. An effective team will collaborate around a Kanban board, regularly meeting to discuss the team’s work.

But are your meetings productive? Inspiring?

Safe to say most people would answer no!

Many can resonate with Peter Drucker’s quote. Meetings get a bad rap but are they a lost cause?

Veteran leadership coach, Patrick Lencioni, comes to the defence of the meeting. He believes meetings can be productive, even energising, if leaders ensure that meetings have:

  • Drama, by nurturing the natural and healthy level of conflict that should exist.
  • Context and purpose set correctly. This may even lead to more and different types of meetings, but that is not a bad thing to ensure that issues and proposals get the correct air time, cadence and setting.
  • A need for commitment on the part of the leader. Simply put, meetings are what leaders do, and they need to commit and prepare the team to ensure they are meaningful, engaging and relevant. A leader who doesn’t want to do meetings is like a surgeon who doesn’t like operations.

By effectively managing your teamwork and ensuring your meetings are productive, you significantly increase your chances of stewarding your organisation to where you want it to go!

In the ADAPT Team Model, effective stewardship is the third of six attributes that we explore to build a capable team. We work with varying types of teams to implement a learning and development program to help achieve the best outcomes possible.



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