By • on July 2, 2011

A group of geese is referred to as a gaggle; a group of bears is a clan. Is it surprising that a herd of Rhinos is called a crash? Now the word crash is generally a negative term as it is associated with a car wreck, the stock market or a loud, obnoxious noise. I chose to take the word crash as a metaphor for a powerful group of individuals, who collectively are capable of being a powerhouse to be reckoned with.

In today’s’ global business community it is not unusual for a single person to be a member of several crashes. Some may be in their department, paralleled throughout other departments, intranet-based or global.

• A team approach is a proven method for addressing business issues. When forming crashes it is imperative for each team to have a clear mission statement.
• Form enough crashes to get several initiatives handled simultaneously.
• Do not over build. Too many crashes will become redundant and ineffective.
• Do not form crashes for small initiatives. Sometimes one person can be effective enough to handle the job at hand.
• Each crash should contain one leader. Chose someone with proven ability in their area(s) of expertise.
• If a job is not crucial, chose a crash leader that needs some leadership experience. Communicate with them exactly what you are doing. Let them know that you are trying to give them some experience and that they will need to rely on their crash for help throughout the project. It might be wise to call a meeting to inform each crash member of your agenda and that each member is to aide the newest leader. This should alleviate feelings of frustration and confusion. Remember that the key to crash success is effective, communicative leadership.
• Teach your crashes to be proactive. Their mission is to head off any foreseen issues concerning their project.
• Reward your crashes. If a particular crash performs very well or especially beyond expectations set them apart and do something tangible for them. Give them a catered luncheon at the office or let them leave on a Friday at 3:00 pm instead of 5 or 6 like everybody else. Set goals and reward those crashes who work at peak performance.
• Follow-through. Once you have set a precedent of rewards, continue to reward. It will breed motivation. Trust me on this.

A Rhino and his crash keep their eyes and ears open at all times. It is obviously safer and smarter to have more than one set of eyes and ears for any big projects. As the old saying goes, “There is strength in numbers.” Form crashes and inspire them to perform their missions.

Once you begin building effective crashes, you will find that your employees will begin to use more ingenuity, resourcefulness and enterprise as assigning power will beget power.

Keep Charging Hard!

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