See Your Rocks and Sand with Michael Synk - #GetInSynk

To see your Rocks and Sand, they must be visible. Visibility is one of the better ways to make sure your Rocks and Sand stay front and center. Are your Rocks and Sand visible to your organization?

Can others in your company see the Rocks that need to be moved?

One of the best ways to do this is to have a war room or a war wall. Post the lists, the graphs, the pictures, and the progress in this place. You want your team to see the progress; this is most important.

Have a wall, or set of walls, with white board paint. Or, just have a set of walls where you can post flip-chart sheets, or posters, depicting what everyone needs to see. What do they need to know, and what needs to be worked on? Show the progress being made. Let those involved see pictures that layout for everyone what processes to follow and how things fit together.

In the past few years, we have seen lots of digital tools developed for companies to use to document plans, and processes, and data, and progress. Great innovative tools are out there. While some are useful, I’ve been thinking that the immediacy of hand drawn charts and tables and diagrams do a better job of keeping the Rocks and Sand (both) front and center, and they’re more engaging.

Use those digital tools to get the work done and enhance communications, for sure, but have the visual pictures too. It will make a huge difference. Try it and see.