Stay In Your Lane

Posted by JasonBlumeron May 16, 2017 in

If you are trying to grow a company, then you have to stay in your lane. As the Founder or CEO, your lane may involve the strategy and vision of the company. If you keep scanning documents, then you are stepping out of your lane. And when you are partners, then you can often cross over into each other's lanes. Your company will be 2x more productive if the partners and team will stay in their lanes.

What is a lane? Your lane is basically your Job Description. And your team has a Job Description, too. Everyone has to have one. When everyone has a Job Description describing the lane they are supposed to stay in, then it's harder to step over into someone else's lane without them noticing. And if you have a culture of trust, honesty, and accountability, then someone will feel the freedom to say: "Hey! Stay in your lane!" A lane is also a place that is made just for that particular team member. If you are in the CEO lane, and you are made for that role, then you will move quickly down that lane. But if you are an Operations person in a CEO lane, then you may move more slowly than someone made for the CEO lane. It's important to have the right people in the right lane.

What could cause someone to constantly step out of their lane and into someone else's lane? Old embedded thoughts of "how it used to be" is a big one for me. A failure to trust your team could be another one. Do you trust your team? Do you have the right team? We are going to be committing to more team training this year as a move to make our firm more valuable. Developing and training up a strong team will clarify any miscommunication on lanes and could ensure that everyone stays in their own lane. Do you have consistent strong training for your team?

Sometimes it's hard to notice when you've stepped outside of your lane. A coach or 3rd party can often see more clearly when you are constantly stepping out of your lane and tripping up your other team members. If you think staying in your lane is a problem, then ask someone to take a look at your work and compare it to your lane (Job Description). You may be surprised how fast your company can move when everyone is staying in their lane.

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