5 signs your day needs rescuing

Rescue Helicopter

No matter how skilled at strategy formulation and leadership you are, barriers will surface and threaten your ability to meet your targets. That project the team is taking too long to complete. The niggling reminder of assignments lower down your priority list. The cross team friction that is endangering your deadline. 

If this sounds familiar then you may be experiencing signs that your day needs to be rescued. Today’s independent workforce could be the remedy. Here are 5 signs that you might need the help of an independent expert to get your day back on track.

1. You’ve got a tier 2 project on your roadmap that isn’t moving 

This quarter’s top tier projects have been prioritised and activated with timely precision. You’ve got your best team on the job and support from a consultancy firm you trust. Everything is going according to plan. Except that in your prioritisation of these key projects you’ve relegated a less pressing, but not insignificant project into the ‘tier 2’ category, leaving it to await a point when resource is available.

Conscientious leaders will still have these projects and their potential benefits of completing on their mind. Bringing in an independent consultant to move the dial on them could be the way to see a difference faster. The strategy that can accelerate a second tier priority in parallel with the most important projects could be the strategy that makes the difference.

2. There is a knowledge/skill bottleneck happening that is preventing progress

You’re making good progress on a project until you reach a point where you’re stuck on a piece of the puzzle. Maybe your team’s understanding of a new market lacks the necessary depth or no one has executed this process before. Either way the project stalls and you lose momentum. In this scenario, time is of the essence as motivation is at risk. Acting quickly and getting the right talent in to address this bottleneck is vital.

The beauty of having access to a wide pool of independent talent is that you can easily find someone with the knowledge and/or skill to get you out of the quagmire and back on track. Shorter timeframes to find and engage the right talent, plus the lowered risk of hiring on a short term basis makes the on demand model ideal for reigniting progress.

3. The team isn’t going to meet their deadline.

The deadline is in sight and it is clear that you’re not going to achieve it without completely burning out your core team. This is a clear sign that you don’t have enough bandwidth within your current resource. And putting pressure on your top performers to stretch themselves further may have longer term effects that will damage overall productivity.

Bringing in independent expertise to bolster the team’s efforts and help draw a project to its timely conclusion can stop these issues from spiralling out of control. Add an extra pair of hands and it could mean the difference between meeting an executive or client’s expectations or disappointing them.
4. Politics is getting in the way of results

It can be hard to admit, but sometimes it isn’t a lack of skills or knowledge that get in the way of getting to the end result, it is internal politics. When a political battle is in full swing often the best way to handle it is to employ the perspective that comes with independence. An independent consultant that comes from outside of anyone’s known network is positioned well to deliver impartial advice based on hard facts and the best way to the end result.

An independent consultant is not held back by ties to a particular faction within the leadership team, nor do they have ties to a particular product or previous way of doing things. They have the privilege of an overview and skills in problem solving that can be executed without concern for their future career within the organisation, only the proper completion of the task at hand.

5. You called Bob, but Bob’s not available

When progress has stalled you have a go-to problem solver that can support you through the talent gap. But this time that person isn’t available and you realise you may have been banking on an external resource pool that is limited. When this happens where do you turn? Having access to an online talent pool that you can draw from on demand frees you from that reliance on one or two known people outside of the company.

Broadening the kind of talent that you interact with in these instances can have added benefits. New knowledge, different skillsets, a shake-up of existing dynamics. When Bob can’t do it, find someone like Bob, but better!

To find someone like Bob, but better, discover the online talent pool Talmix can connect you with.

About the Author

Dorothy Mead

Dorothy is VP Marketing & Brand at Talmix. Passionate about the changing workforce and the future of work, she is driving market share for Talmix globally.

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