Ep.01 Are My People Ready?

August 13, 2020 / Justin Anderson, Ilona Trofimovich

In this episode, Ilona and Justin offer an assessment to determine whether your team is ready to engage what’s waiting for you in the new reality of life, business, and church during a pandemic. We can’t wait around for “normal” – leaders need to determine a strategy for how they will lead their teams. Are your vision, strategy, and tactics appropriate to life in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic? Do you have the right people in the right positions? As the leader, what can you do to equip and resource your team for what is to come?

Ideas We Highlight:

  • What do we do when we recognize there’s a gap between where our team is and where we need our team to be?
  • The difference between vision, strategy, and tactics
  • Another application of the Peter Principle: what to do with folks who have been promoted to their level of incompetence
  • How to manage realistic expectations about what our team members can accomplish


Six Team Assessment Questions

  • Are expectations clear and measurable?
  • Do the tactics need to be changed to better match the team (member)?
  • Does the individual/team need resources they don’t currently have?
  • Does the individual/team need to be invested in or trained?
  • Is this the right role for the team member?
  • Does the individual need to be replaced? With whom?


Assess Your Team’s Readiness

  • As a team leader, set aside time to reflect on your team and direct reports, using the assessment questions to evaluate their fit for your organization’s goals and their individual roles. Consider having your team members complete a self-assessment.
  • Schedule a follow up with your team/direct reports to discuss, address, and brainstorm solutions to any red flags that arose during this assessment.