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3 Places Clarity Is Fuzzy on Healthy Teams

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Clarity is king in organizational dynamics. Words matter and clear communication is vital for healthy teams. As hard as it is for me to zero in on one idea, I know a huge part of my job as a leader is to help people understand our vision and where we are going next to try to realize it (as well as I know at the time). At the same time, clarity is fuzzy in some places on a healthy team. 

This is a paradox when it comes to clarity and organizational health.

Some things are actually what I refer to as “fuzzy” on a healthy team. Indistinct. Muddled. Unclear.

As strange as that seems, fuzziness can be healthy. 

Let me give some examples.

3 Places Clarity Is Often Fuzzy on a Healthy Team

1. The Lines of Authority Are Often Blurred.

In some of the healthiest organizations I know, the organizational chart doesn’t matter as much in accomplishing the vision. It’s often “fuzzy” in regards to who is in charge at any given time. One person doesn’t have all the ideas or all the answers. Everyone has an equally important role to play, and while everyone knows what is expected of them, who is “in charge” is determined by what is being attempted at the time.

In healthy organizations, leadership often depends on the task being performed. People lead based on their passions and gifting, more than because of their position, title or job description. In fact, those may change as needed to fit the current organizational challenges and opportunities.

(I often tell members on our teams that when they have a really big project or ministry, I work for them. Tell me what to do.)

2. There Aren’t a Lot of Burdensome Rules.

Obviously we need structure. Rules have a place. But on healthy teams, rules are designed to enhance, not limit growth. The best rules empower people not control them—and likely there are fewer of them. Bureaucracy diminishes progress and frustrates the team.

Granted, this fuzziness can produce a lot of gray areas, which can even be messy at times. But removing hard lines around people promotes their individual creativity and encourages innovation for the team.

3. Some Things Are Subject to Change Quickly.

Certain things like vision and values are concrete. They aren’t changeable. In a healthy environment, however, methods of accomplishing the vision are always held loosely. There is no sense of ownership or entitlement to a way of doing things. As needs change, the team can quickly adapt without a ton of push back and resistance.