If you’ve read our blogs, what I’m about to tell you will come as no surprise. If not, you’re in luck because I’m going to condense our proven strategies for building and maintaining successful teams into four, easy-to-remember steps:
It is absolutely essential for teams to have clarity in order to be successful. Clarity’s importance is often overlooked, and a leader must be able to provide it to each individual on the team, as well as the team as a whole. Providing clarity is a skill, and to do it well requires the ability to connect individual to organization. A leader should be able to ensure each individual understands the organization’s mission, it’s strategic goals, how the team supports organizational achievement of those goals, and how the team member’s daily work contributes to team and organizational success. If a leader can hone the skills to provide such clarity, the secret sauce of building a wildly successful team can begin to simmer.
We’ve all been taught that communication is key to successful relationships. I don’t disagree. Once a leader is able to master the skill of providing clarity, they’ve got to stay on message. If a team member starts to deviate from the clear goals and expectations given to them, the leader should address it with the individual immediately. The same goes for the recognizing a job well done. Taking a moment to let a high performer know you notice and appreciate them goes a long way to sustaining excellence.
Another absolute must is consistency. Without consistency in messaging, it’s easy for individuals and teams to lose sight of the purpose of their work in the reality of everyday hustle and bustle. Without consistent communication regarding progress on targets and goals diminishes the opportunity to make needed corrections in real-time, as well as the opportunity to capitalize on the momentum of strong performance. Finally, without consistent communication regarding individual performance, a leader cannot manage performance gaps in a fair and ethical manner.
As often as the importance of clarity is overlooked, choice is completely forgotten. Choice is a secret weapon that is equally beneficial for the leader and the team member. Think of a time when you were in a position where you felt you had no choice. How did that make you feel? Drawing from my own experience, my bet is words like angry, fearful, trapped, disrespected, or powerless might come to mind. Nobody likes to be in a position where they have no choice. That’s why incorporating an environment of choice into your strategy is so important. All team members should understand that it is their choice to be on the team. Yes. You read that right. It’s their choice. Provide clarity, recognize high performance, communicate gaps in expectations, be consistent in your communication, and the rest is up to them. The individual gets to make the choice whether or not they want to contribute to the success of the organization. If they do, the leader has given them the tools they need to do so. If things like poor performance, or gaps in expectations are addressed yet continue, remind the individual that choosing to stay on the team, requires meeting the expectation. This is an honest and respectful way to keep those who are committed to the mission, and help those who are not, move on to something better suited for them.
We urge you to use these proven strategies to take your team to the next level. For help utilizing our leadership strategies, or training your leaders to utilize our proven methods, reach out to us via our Techpeopleresources.com contact page, by phone, or through any of our social media platforms which can be found on our website. We love to create unique, customized leadership training to support your organization and build your dream team.
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