The other day my daughter handed me a small package of candy to open. It was a foil and plastic package. You know the kind. The ones that are sealed so tightly that even the Hulk would struggle with opening. I tried anyway in my attempt to be super dad. I failed.
That is until I noticed a very tiny little cut at the top with words instructing me to “Tear here.” So I did and it opened without any struggle and with very little effort. Wow! Why didn’t I see that before my epic battle and ultimate humiliation?
Then it dawned on me.
This package is very similar to how we build and lead our teams. We spend all of our time focused on the structure of a team and the direction we are taking them that it becomes easy for us to overlook the weak spots.
Be Intentional With Weak Spots
Not seeing the small things can be natural for many leaders unfortunately. It just depends on what type of leader you are. If you are detail driven, then this doesn’t affect you as much. However, if you lean more to the other side of the scale and are a big picture type of leader, then it is something you will have to be intentional about.
Being the leader of a team, you put ample time and a lot of effort into building them for the purpose of accomplishing goals and a grand vision. Time is spent structuring them with certain skills and wisdom to accomplish the given purpose.
However, no matter how strong your team becomes, if there is just the slightest tear or fracture, there lies an opportunity for your hard work to collapse or at least be injured to the point of slowing down progress.
Never be so focused on the grand goal that the small issues are overlooked and ignored. Keep a lookout for these areas every day.
Small Problem, Big Concern
A weak spot in your team is dangerous and can even be detrimental. Though it may be small and seemingly insignificant compared to the overall size and strength of the group, it is imperative that it is not ignored.
Because that one tiny weak area is a huge opportunity for the whole structure of the team to be ripped apart.
So be intentional in your pursuit to look for these areas. If any are spotted, handle them appropriately and quickly before the damage is done.