I have a new team at the chicken. We were chartered about six months ago. All of the players are extremely talented, and each is gifted in his or her own way. Each member also understands and embraces the power of the team.

During our early meetings, we were debating how to accelerate our performance. We came upon a simple idea that already seems to be paying big dividends.

Before I tell you about our idea, I will confess it’s not an original, nor is it the first time I’ve been on a team that employed this approach. It is the first time we’ve given it the definition and focus required for it to add real substance.

The idea: assign a champion to each large body of work. Yes, it is a simple concept. But what is a champion and what do they do? The answers to these questions are where the value resides. Here are some of the attributes we used in our working definition.

The Champion’s Role

Provide thought leadership

Develop deep subject matter expertise

Create and manage the staffing plan

Engage the entire team as needed

Steward the budget in the assigned area

Ensure the work gets done

Don’t miss the fact we are still a team. The champion doesn’t own the work; the team does. The champion serves as the encourager, conscience and more for the team.[GLS_Shield]

Author: Mark Miller

Mark is a business leader, author, communicator, photographer, husband, and father. He spends his time helping leaders grow.