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How effectively do you get your team the resources it needs?

SmartPulse — our weekly nonscientific reader poll in SmartBrief on Leadership — tracks feedback from more than 190,000 business leaders. We run the poll question each week in our e-newsletter.

Last week, we asked: How effectively do you get your team the resources it needs?

  • Extremely — they always have everything they need: 8.7%
  • Very — I get what they need most of the time: 49.13%
  • Somewhat — I get them the most important things they need: 26.52%
  • Not very — I have trouble getting them resources: 13.91%
  • Not at all — I hardly ever get them what they need: 1.74%

Making a Case for Resources. Asking for resources simply isn’t enough.  You need to make a compelling case for getting them.  This means laying out the list of your organization’s priorities first and getting your boss’ agreement on the priorities.  Once you have that, articulate the resources needed to accomplish those goals.  When your boss sees you’re not getting down the priority list as far as they’d like, the only choice they have is to give you the resources to make it happen. 

Mike Figliuolo is managing director of thoughtLEADERS, author of “Lead Inside the Box: How Smart Leaders Guide Their Teams to Exceptional Results” and “One Piece of Paper: The Simple Approach to Powerful, Personal Leadership.”