In the paper policy entrepreneurship at the white house a whiteboard of productivity ideas was presented as a way in which to promote effective teamwork. The motivation is that the ideas on the whiteboard can be used as a thought provoking resources and also as a means to understand what resonates with your team. By presenting these ideas and finding out which ones are important to each team member this can help you to better understand your team.
This article is my coverage of the community discussion on improving productivity. This is my attempt at covering the majority of suggestions from the discussion. The main motivation for me covering this discussion in such detail was to develop a worksheet which I have used to gauge the management style of various teams I have worked with.
If you are interested you can see just my personal favourites from the extensive list in this post.
This is a list of the ideas that were proposed as part of the original paper.
Schedule is your friend
Steer, don’t row
Hours you contribute/Hours overall
Have an opinion
Think of the end at the beginning
If you had 15 minutes to pitch [to CEO/Manager], what is on your list and are you working on it?
Entrepreneur = someone not limited by the resources directly under their control
If you want people to do something, make it easy
Write it down. Make it happen.
Strong relationships are built on trust, mutual understanding, and reciprocity
People never follow up
Find your doers
Talk to who owns the paper
Better to light a single candle than cry out in the darkness
You can get more done if you don’t care who gets the credit
Don’t be a bottleneck
Water on stone
Just add talent
We are all captives of our experience
Do you have escalation dominance? (control pace of escalation)
This is a list of the ideas that were mentioned as part of the community discussion with links (if available).
Change moves at the speed of trust [source]
Wonder with people [source]
Get excited about other peoples ideas as you do about your own [source]
Does it make the boat go faster? [source]
Stay on mission, not on task [source]
You can check out my personal favourites from the community discussion and also the worksheet that I developed and proposed to understand the management style of your teams.