Have you ever started your workday thinking you are the only one who fully appreciates the urgency of the business? If you have, you are not alone. You belong to a huge club for managers but you don’t have to stay a member. You can let go ‘the power of one’ and let ‘the force be with you’. When your employees become engaged and cohesive with a vibrant chemistry, they will share your urgency for the business. The ‘force will be with you’ and you and your employees become the dream team.
“My model for business is The Beatles. They were four guys who kept each other’s kind of negative tendencies in check. They balanced each other and the total was greater than the sum of the parts. That’s how I see business: great things in business are never done by one person, they’re done by a team of people.” – Steve Jobs
A dream team can radically improve revenues, reduce costs, increase productivity and raise the bar for customer service. Here are five proven ways to build your dream team. Adapt these techniques to fit you and your employees
Asking is a good thing
There is no harm in asking employees what works for them. It’s a way to fast track what employees need and get them engaged. Some employees need to be asked one-on-one while others may not. Email works very well for some employees better than it does for others. Experiment with different techniques to find out what each one might want. Work to balance your needs with theirs. In the end, it will pay off with big dividends.
Change is Good
Change is a great simulator for growth. Static environments can stifle growth. People gravitate to a workplace radiating innovation and creativity. Being open to suggestions for change and innovation from your employees can encourage them to assume the responsibility for profitability. A canoe moves fast with more people rowing in the same direction. Get your employees in your canoe with you.
Feedback, the gift that keeps giving
People thrive on constructive feedback. Give useful constructive feedback, even for events which don’t meet expectation. Even a failed situation can have positive results. Telling an employee what was useful and how they might be even more successful can be rewarding. Energized performance is at the heart of a healthy business. Open, honest and useful feedback is important to employees. Useful feedback can energize employees into strong teams and light up company growth.
The “golden rule” isn’t always golden
Treating people the same way you want to be treated might not always work for everyone. People are different. What make you special is how you are different from others. What works for you may not work for your employees. Understand what works for each employee. Treat your employees the way it works best for them. Treat them they want and build excitement to be on your dream team.
Keep your team informed
Give your employees the information they need to be prepared for a new initiatives, policies or programs. Coming to work only to find things have changed around you without you knowing is not motivating. People who are informed are prepared. They are engaged and better positioned for to support success. Including employees in the planning process early is one sure way to develop a dream team and improve your success.
Make a plan. Communicate the plan. Watch your team succeed.