Unless you’re a solopreneur, you have team members who are vital to your business. And quite honestly, you probably can’t run a successful business without your team. Yet, every person has a unique personality, bringing a different set of positive and negative issues to your business. So how do you get individual employees that work together like a well-oiled machine? Find out the aspects great employee teams have in common.
To build a great employee team, each member needs to know what the group is trying to accomplish.
If your employee culture doesn’t align with your values, realign it or change it.
The more diverse your team members are in age, gender, race, ethnicity, beliefs, and personality, the more collective thinking and problem solving can be done.
Make sure employees are appropriately equipped for and passionate about the roles in which they’re placed.
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When employees are at work, expect them to leave other distractions at home so they can give their all to your business.
Don’t let employees play the “blame game.” Rather, hold all employees accountable for their own actions and for the team’s performance.
Leave no room for showboating. Instead, encourage team members to support each other.
Winning teams communicate transparently without hidden agendas. Remember, words have the energy and ability to help, heal, hinder, harm, hurt, humiliate, and humble others. Therefore, be kind and open with one another from the top down.
Winning employee teams also have outstanding conflict resolution that starts with a desire to understand rather than to be understood.
Even though team members have different strengths and weaknesses, successful teams remain respectful of those differences.
Ultimately, the boss is the boss. However, in a good team, the boss encourages team members to challenge, support, and strengthen his or her decisions.
Make sure that you place team members in clearly defined roles that utilize their strengths.
As John Maxwell says, “Everything rises and falls on leadership.” Therefore, place strong leaders in leadership roles.
Finally, have fun. Great teams know how to have fun together, laugh together, and re-energize each other.
So fellow business owners, do you have a team like this? Do your team members (bosses, managers, and rank-and-file employees) know your mission? Do they support each other, communicate with one another, and show respect for others? Is your team strong in a few of these areas but weak in others? What improvements can you make? As Helen Keller once said, “Alone, we can do so little. Together, we can do so much.” It’s time to set aside differences and titled egos. Now is the time to work together as a team to increase the intrinsic value of your company.
Don’t miss the next article where we will be learning how to build Positive Company Culture.
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