Is Your Team Tracking?

The Huddle 2nd Lt. Jason Franklin conducts a mission brief at Forward Operating Base Kalsu, Iraq, before a reconnaissance mission in Diyarah. The Soldiers are from the 4th Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division.

The Huddle
2nd Lt. Jason Franklin conducts a mission brief at Forward Operating Base Kalsu, Iraq, before a reconnaissance mission in Diyarah. The Soldiers are from the 4th Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division.

As a manager or leader in your organization, I’m sure you that give out directives or instruction to your team members, in order to be able to accomplish your goals but how often do you check if your team is “tracking” until its too late?

I’ve learned this lesson all to often and somehow I tend to continue falling into the same trap, so I’ve asked myself…how can I communicate my goals and expectations more effectively? After asking the question and doing some soul searching, I’ve come to the realization that its not my original communication that’s the issue…its my follow up that’s lacking.

Having been in the military for several years, one of the constant phrases I would hear whenever we had our mission briefings was “everyone tracking?” Or in other words, does everyone understand?

It may seem like a menial concept to have to check for understanding, but following up with your audience is an important part of effective communication in order to keep everyone on the same page. Feedback during your follow up will allow you the opportunity to evaluate how well your message was received.

Following-up can take several different forms’, it can be direct (are you tracking?), it can occur during a performance review. Regardless of its form, gaining feedback after important communications ensures appropriate action as a result.

So, is your team tracking?

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