July 4, 2021

That problem


When someone on the team appears to not understand their job, or their responsibilities and accountabilities, if they don’t see where their contribution fits, or how they add value (or even if you think they add value), then you might have a problem with that someone. But it’s more like that the someone in question has a problem, and that problem is you.

It’s your responsibility to let them in on the secret. Sure, they should be able to work it out. Sure, they should also work out how to get the most out of their relationship with you. Sure, it’s in their interest to sort through ambiguities so they can contribute fully. But it will be a lot quicker and lot more effective if you just tell them the what and the how and the who of their role.

Skippy strategy: Clarify responsibilities together, not just in your head.