The Uniply Way: 4 Keys to Empowering Your Team’s Execution
For those of you not familiar with sailing, a tell-tale is a simple strip of cloth tied to a mast.
It shows which way the wind is blowing.
A captain steers her ship by the tell-tale, leveraging the prevailing winds, along with her compass to reach its desired destination.
In a successful business, a team leader must also do both: keep their eye on the tell-tale for favorable or unfavorable execution situations, but also set the course with the strategy.
So, even when your strategy has your ship directed in the right direction, you will certainly encounter execution obstacles along your course. These winds are hard to predict, but they can be anticipated and thwarted by having your team ready to execute at its best.
The story of Uniply stems from the fact that we hear from growing companies about the massive gap between their strategy — desired destination set on their compass — and execution. We’ve collectively spent decades leading startups and growing companies, and in that time, we discovered how to keep our ship on course and reach our destination: a Unified Execution Platform.
At Uniply, our mission is to unify and amplify the best of a team(s) via a unified execution platform, so that their business can grow and scale with confidence.
We started Uniply to empower you, the innovative leader, to guide your team’s execution by unifying all your execution in one place and in one common language. We call this modern way of working together “The Uniply Way.”
The Uniply Way represents our core beliefs about what makes a team execute at their best. Like a ship’s crew, your team needs to have:
- Collective Accountability
- Creative Execution
We call these the 4 C’s of a Unified Execution. The best-run teams execute at their best when they drive these core beliefs. And in the rest of this blog post, we’ll explain each of these C’s and how they are key to a company’s execution capabilities.
Confidence: We build trust in teams and leaders.
It is our bold belief that successful teams have confidence in each other's execution capabilities. From leadership to the teammates — execution requires confidence on both sides. But where does that trust get reflected and amplified?
That’s where a unified execution platform is critical. You and your team use it to elevate your visual representation of your execution journeys, built on a foundation of knowing who owns what. Your team trusts each other to complete their critical plays and move initiatives forward.
Your unified execution platform is the e pluribus unum of strategy execution — “out of many, one.”
We’ve found that most companies have their execution capabilities living only in their teams’ minds. Sharing them allows you to empower your team in a unified, confident way, and to have confidence in your own capabilities.
But how exactly should you share them? A unified execution platform allows those capabilities to be harnessed, distributed, and gradually improved to meet and exceed your goals along your journey.
Cohesion: We empower teams to focus on the whole.
No crew crosses the ocean by focusing only on the next nautical mile. Whole, cohesive execution is needed along the journey for long-term success.
Every leader wishes that they could identify executional challenges as they emerge, but it’s not always possible. By using a unified execution platform, teams develop plays to ensure that executional hurdles do not become bigger problems.
In other words, a unified execution allows team leaders to watch for storm clouds on the horizon, and adjust their ship’s course accordingly.
And, even better, a unified execution platform allows you to improve executional capabilities, which strengthens team cohesion after making it through the storm. The next time that the same or a similar challenge resurfaces, it can be easily addressed.
Goals keep a ship’s crew motivated, and united execution is how your crew accomplishes them.
Collective Accountability: We help teams win by turning their execution into outcomes.
In any ship’s crew, collective accountability is crucial! Particularly at growing companies with big growth goals, success revolves around the accountability of every teammate.
If a ship’s barrelman (the one in the crow’s nest) took a nap, then who makes sure the ship avoids an iceberg?
A unified platform lays out the executive level of visibility, i.e., how each teammate impacts each other’s work. This encourages team leaders and teammates to support those that are struggling, and reward the best.
A collective team extracts the best denominator from everyone in that team, versus the minimum task denominator.
Only by working together can your ship cross the ocean.
Creative Execution: We turn a team’s execution ideas into results.
It's imperative that team leaders take everyone’s creative execution ideas into consideration. But keeping up with these ideas can be hard with your own overfilled plate. So, what can you do?
A team leader can take one creative execution idea from a meeting and turn it into a play, or even an entirely new execution journey. That way, concrete ideas are not forgotten, and the execution is reflected in the team’s journey for current or future situations.
Imagine your crew shouting their ideas on what improvements are crucial to your ship. You can’t address them all, but you can take the most impactful idea and work together to figure out how to make your ship sail at its best.
The path to creative execution is micro-empowering your team! Watch how they flourish when they see their creative recommendations take form and contribute to key initiatives.
Uniply Looks Towards the Future
These four core beliefs, Confidence, Cohesion, Collective Accountability, and Creative Execution, are the bold pillars for Uniply. To us, unified execution is the future of work, of micro-empowerment, of leadership, adaptability, and more that our customers have not experienced yet.
Elevate your team with a unifying execution platform to show them how your execution allows you to achieve your strategy.
Don’t just rely on your tell-tale or compass — build your unified execution platform to sail your ship to your destination!
Learn why teams all over the world build with Uniply: the Unified Execution Platform