There are times in business when we spend as much time with our work teams as we do with our families. And even more than with families, our work teams include a range of individuals. The saying“we are one but we are many” might resonate with you. You are likely to recall that saying when understanding and embracing the different qualities your employees can bring to the success of your business.
This is about building successful teams. Creating a cohesive team can give you the edge over your competitors. It is what can structure and boost the growth of your business.
Consider these key questions for 2017: what do you want your company culture to be,what will your team be like, how would you like your customers to feel and how can you create a successful business with your team?
There are a number of factors you need to consider when understanding and embracing the different qualities your employees can bring success to your business and building successful teams.
The first is strong leadership. Your team will look to you for certain qualities such as guidance, growth and decision-making. Equally important is being a leader who has enthusiasm and energy – this embodies the business and people want to follow someone who loves what they do.
Having a common goal is also fundamental to building successful teams. Being clear on your goals and creating a plan on how to accomplish them may well be the single most valuable activity you accomplish in 2017.
Your employees need boundaries and to know the rules of the game. Creating the rules of the game around culture, around processes and around responsibilities will dramatically increase the consistency and reliability of your team’s operation. Ensuring an appropriate meeting and communication schedule is upheld will then lock in the pulse of the business.
Another key element is having an action plan. Your employees need an appropriate title, a written contract that outlines their job description and explains how they will be supported in their role.
A successful team, in particular one that progresses and achieves great success, will usually give strong support to risk-taking. Breaking with convention and being open to some degree of healthy risk taking is vital for your team to flourish.
Finally, remember to encourage being inclusive while building successful teams. It is important to involve all of your team in decisions, plans and projects or building the company culture. As we said at the start: We are but one but we are many – understanding and embracing the different qualities your employees can bring success to your business.
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