Successful Businesses Mirror the Teams Behind Them.
no matter what stage of business we are in, we must invest time and energy into building great teams
When you think of starting a business, what initially comes to your mind? Maybe it’s the dollar signs, or the idea of being your own boss, or finally owning that dope office downtown, or being able to spend your time creating beauty in art or food.
While all of these are super exciting, we often get caught up in the all this “new energy” and forget that how important it is to lay the groundwork. Aspects like your company’s core values, the tone of the office environment, and who will make up your dream team, can fall to the wayside.
The reality is, it’s your team that will determine the outcome of your company. And in order to have a great team, you need a great foundation for them. So, we’re listing out 5 Ways to Foster a High Performance Team! So, grab your drink and take some quick notes. Let’s get down to business!
Be Thorough In The Hiring Process
When going through the interview process, it’s easy to get enthusiastic about new prospects. We dream big, think of scaling our business quickly, and find ourselves looking to hire someone right off the bat. We can overlook whether this person we are interviewing is a real fit for our organization and culture.
Be sure to consider how this candidate will gel with the rest of your team. Search for personality traits that reflect the core values of your company. Pro tip? Customer service experience is always a plus. You’ll never go wrong when you refine your search to seek a candidate with integrity and character, rather than simply checking off the boxes of education and work experience.
Set The Tone
Remember your role as the company leader. Your attitude, work style, and interpersonal skills will set the tone for the entire office. You are the one to establish office goals, create and uphold rules of the operation, and define responsibilities and expectations. It is up to you to create the environment you want your employees and yourself to work in. People follow great leaders so let your leadership skills shine and create a culture that mimics the style and ambiance you’d love.
Display Trust and Vulnerability
You can always tell when an office is about to go in the wrong direction because you’ll notice a lack of trust and honest communication. Above all, make sure you are hiring a team you WILL trust. It’s your job to let go, and believe that your team will do the jobs you hired them to do. Even if not always in the “way” you’d prefer it done. Creating an open flow of communication, allowing room for questions and growth, and avoiding micromanagement are all ways to instill trust and vulnerability. Remember Stefan’s quote, “Vulnerability is a gift we give those we care about.” We should care about our teams, and thus we should lead the way in expressing appropriate levels of vulnerability so that we can build that trust.
Value And Respect Their Time
Yes we all hate meetings that could be emails, but it is vital you meet as a team at least once weekly. This is a time to set weekly goals, check where projects are at, and touch base with one another. However, it’s best to shoot for quality over quantity. Pointless meetings that consume time and accomplish little can easily cause frustration. You must ensure your meetings are productive and progressive. If you find that your team tends to digress and fall down rabbit holes, set goals for your meeting, agree to hold each other accountable, and set a timer.
Ask For Insight
Your team is front line for your company – so who better to get your ideas from than them? They see what’s working and what’s not, first hand. With this in mind, it’s likely they have thoughtful solutions for areas your company may be lacking. They may already have the innovative solution you’re looking for. In fact, chances are they may be complaining that nobody has asked them yet. Asking your team for insight will be a huge benefit to you while making your team feel seen, heard, and valued.
There are so many other ways to boost the performance of your team. Trust, communication, and respect are some of the pillars of success when it comes to building up a workforce. Now that you’ve read some of our tips, what ways do you boost morale at your office? We’d love to hear from you! Share your answers with us on your Instagram story
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