I Hate Deadlines
“Deadlines” – does that word make you cringe? It does for me! In today’s business environment, most professionals are faced with important initiatives that they must deliver on time for their company. However, the word “deadline” feels so ominous and negative. “Deadline” is a word that was first used during the Civil War describing an area that prisoners were not allowed to go without being shot. How’s that for motivating?
Within my team, we’ve killed the word. Instead, we think in the framework of project goals and deliverables. If you’re working tirelessly on a project goal, you should celebrate the on-time completion and not feel like it’s a negative. Here are some tips to make deadlines go away on your team:
- Set goals from the bottom up. Organize the key individuals responsible for delivering the project and have them fully engaged in setting realistic milestones. Not only does it make the chance of meeting deliverables more likely, it creates buy-in from the beginning.
- Share the spotlight. Sometimes being part of a team makes it hard to recognize the individual contributor. Take time out of the project to highlight all aspects of team contributions. Find the quiet person in the group, and ask them to share the team status.
- Celebrate! Celebrate! Celebrate! Who says work can’t be fun? Look for unique ways to reward and celebrate hard work.
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