“Change is the only constant” is a cliched phrase in the industry but the reality is not far off in many lines of businesses. At Meta we often get to work with the best available information in hand and not afraid of pivoting when that information changes. That comes with a degree of ambiguity, churn and sometimes loss of motivation for the teams involved. As a leader, my role is to ensure the teams have a strong understanding of the ‘why’ and when priorities change, again communicating the ‘why’ with full transparency. I then empower the teams to drive towards subsequent outcomes which could be any of the following -
In either of those scenarios my team communicates clearly to all the stakeholders. You might see a pattern here with my emphasis on ‘ strong communications’. On the motivational front, if you build a culture of rewarding people for stopping the press, you’ll see teams surfacing problems and recommending pivots sooner.