Don’t Fire too Soon is easy to skip the “ready, aim” part and just get on with the work and “fire.”  After all, you’re in the position of leadership because you already know where to direct your team.  Right?  So why wait?  Why not just start shooting?

The greater danger for most of us is not that our aim is too high and we miss it, but that it is too low and we reach it.   Michelangelo

Let me suggest two places you may want to look to help you establish your aim, before your start pulling the trigger.

Individual Aim

What is your target?  Before you start your team on a path to success, ask yourself what you are aiming for.  What are your personal goals?  What do you want to achieve?  What is your vision for your life five years from now?  Ten years from now?  What is the single opportunity area that would yield the most results if you focused on it?  What are your key strengths?  How could using them add even greater value to the organization/team?

Team Aims

What is your team’s target?  Now that you are clear about what is driving you to succeed, ask yourself what is your team aiming for.  What do you hope your team can achieve?  What are some key near-term issues you feel should be addressed?  Describe your organization’s vision.  Is it being realized?  Why or why not?  What are two or three ideas that you think you need to act on as a team/organization in order to continue to be successful?