Creating a Team to Work Hard for your Business
Running your own business, needless to say can be challenging. If you’re running a team too, this creates its own sub level of challenges. I dare say you’ve grown your business and developed yourself along the way, but have not thought about how you develop a team of your own. Here are some pointers to being a business coach for your team and getting them as passionate about your business as you are.
Communicate clearly and regularly. This is a key component, I believe, to a successful business and team. Have a time (preferably Monday morning or Friday afternoon) where you gather your team for huddles or a meeting every week. Always have an agenda, even if it’s loose or informal and discuss the week ahead. Share what you want to achieve, what tasks, actions or projects that are high importance and give plenty of opportunity for your team to share any issues, challenges they may have. If done regularly, these meetings need only be 10 – 15 minutes and will have a huge impact on team morale, productivity and your working environment.
Many business owners can be heard saying it’s quicker to just do it myself! Yes, maybe in the short term; however longer term if you add up the time over a week or a month it takes for you to complete a basic or admin related, you could be saving yourself multiple hours. In this time you can be working on your business, developing customer relationships, business development etc. Spare the time now, empower your staff members, train them well and watch them increase in confidence and step up to the responsibility. Watch how much more motivated and involved they become in the finer workings of the business.
Motivate your Team
All business owners know what happens when a person is motivated in their job: more positive, adaptable, happier to change, spread an organisation’s reputation for the good, reduce absenteeism, reduce stress, improve performance & profit, work harder, the list goes on. First steps to motivating your team are to check in with your own assumptions and beliefs – how do you carry yourself at work, in front of your team? Are you positive, motivated, stress free? Find out what motivates your team (a task in a team meeting perhaps) is it money, time off, vouchers, recognition? Then create some motivation incentives.
Be a Transformational Leader
Before business coaching I was a people manager. Always standing by ‘don’t-ask- team-member to do something I was not prepared or knew how to do myself. This gained lots of respect and most of all puts you at the business owner in a position of understanding the skills, resources, challenges and time it takes to complete a task or project to the best outcome possible.
Clare at Meta4 has been running her own coaching and training business since 2007. Clare offers loads of great freebie resources to help you grow your business; they’re easy to implement, engaging and most of all they get you your business growth results!