Building a team in the workplace that you can rely on is the foundation of your company’s success, but many business leaders struggle with how to ensure that their team is strong. There are a few things to keep in mind when building a team that can establish a solid foundation for future growth.
Here are 4 things to think about when building a team in the workplace.
Vision and Why You Want It
Your personal vision and the vision you have for the company plays a major role in building a team. Your goal should be to get your team to buy into everything that you and your company are trying to achieve. Having brainstorming exercises to get your team involved in creating the company vision and culture will lead to building a team that feels like they are moving in the same direction.
Getting your leaders to feel like it is their company will change everything. After you have everyone on board with the company vision, have each one of your leaders write out a vision for themselves and have them tie it into what their vision is for their team.
The secret is to make sure that the company vision and culture gets communicated to the workers in the field. Your entire team will then feel empowered to be their very best. Everyone needs to know why they are doing things. We all want to be part of something special. Build your reasons first, then the actions will come after that. Find something that pulls you and your team to greatness.
Your Company Culture and Core Values
Establishing a company culture and a set of core values will guide you when building a team. Your company culture is a playbook on how your company will communicate with the community and help the team make critical decisions each day. As we all know, we can’t do it all alone. Mentally and physically, it takes a toll if we do not have the required support.
When it comes to building a team, the company will have to hire new people to help you get new perspectives for your business. New perspectives will bring on innovation that will help to add value to each of your clients. A very important aspect of building a team is to ensure that every new team member goes through an employee orientation.
At that point, you have an opportunity to share your company vision and culture. This is the last shot you have to communicate this message before placing the new person in your staff. It is very important that you hire people that fit into your company culture.
Influencing and Leading Your Team
The most important thing required when building a team is to make sure you value and trust everyone for who they are and what they have to offer. We all have different paths that we have followed in our lives. Each of us have different strengths and weaknesses. The greatest leaders understand this and they utilize all of their employees’ strengths to help accomplish their team’s goals.
Helping your employees to manage their state brings you into another level of leadership. Before you can help someone control their state, you first must understand how to control your state. You can’t give what you don’t have. Helping others stay on their vision path will not only help your company, but it will help you to help them stay on course. Your team will not be without challenges. These challenges will be easier to get over as we understand that they are here for a reason.
Defining the challenge so everyone understands it will enable the team to come up with a solution that will get the team back on track. This entire process should be done with the team. The best way to do this is in a workshop where everyone feels free to express their thoughts. Always remember, spend ninety percent of your time on the solution, and no more than ten percent of your time on the challenge.
Steps to Greatness and Making It Last
A true leader must always stay close to what is going on. This doesn’t mean that you have to work with your crews and office crew on every task at hand, but it does mean that you and your team are always measuring the progress for how everything is going.
Daily and weekly check-ins are very important for measuring progress when building a team. See each project through to the end and compare the results with your initial budgets and plans. Throughout the process, there will be team members who will have to leverage other people to accomplish company work items. Staying on board with a task is important.
Delegation of a project can get tricky. Delegation is sometimes thought of as doing a clean hand-off of something. Leveraging someone to help is different. It is very important that the team communicates throughout the process. Training your employees and building a team that is strong is very important. Your teams will be a reflection of their leaders and the people they get to work with.
Individual meetings with employees to see where they are is vital. Keeping on a strong path is much easier when the entire company is strong. Building a team that is striving for excellence will always achieve the desired outcome.
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