• Ali Assareh

Don’t lose engagement with your people, for the sake of “the process”!

I’ve been leading a project that has been done many times at my company before.


Multiple times a quarter, in fact.


There is a well-defined process for doing it.


But with the particular group of colleagues I’m working with right now, the process doesn’t really fit.


As a small example, this group doesn’t like to communicate by slack; it prefers email.


I spent two weeks trying to entice the group to communicate on our slack channel — in accordance with our process — with no success.


Until I realized yesterday, that I’m making a mistake: I’m trying to fit the people into the process.


It should be the other way around: I should fit the process into the people.


Great sports coaches naturally do that: They may have a process or a game plan, but they tailor them to the specific players they have available for each season, each game.


Don’t lose engagement with your people, for the sake of “the process”!






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