As we build our businesses, we will need to build teams.
Teamwork makes processes more efficient and the supportive behaviours in teams can also provide the platform on which businesses expand.
But teams aren’t just about friends. In fact, some strong teams are made up of people who don’t necessarily engage socially. Teams don’t just work well together, good teams work well because they know when to do things, and what are the right things to do in the circumstances.
So, how do you create this team system in your small business?
A strong team system where individuals know what to do individually so that each build on others’ efforts comes from empowerment. People who feel empowered make decisions that are centred around what is best for the team and the business. You don’t have to tell them what to do. Because they understand your vision and what are the key performance indicators for your business, and because they feel empowered, they will focus on what is right.
So to build strong teams in your business, you need to have a strong vision and a clear explanation of the behaviours and values, and success indicators that vision will result in. I have spoken many times on this blog and in my online training about how powerful a vision can be in setting the desired milestones for your business, and I have spoken equally as many times about how to make your vision statement come alive on a day to day basis. If you want to know more about vision statements and how they can define and grow your business, go to the older blog posts at teikoh.com – but here I am going to discuss how you empower a team, once they know and understand your vision.
In conclusion, you cannot eliminate the need for a powerful vision to first empower your team. In order for them to make their own decisions and work toward a focus, they need to know what to focus on. Then, in order to empower your people:
- Ensure you know what matters to your people
- Be genuine in your leadership
- Make sure you communicate face to face
- Set clear expectations
- Celebrate differences within the team
So there you have it. Now it’s over to you. Get over to teikoh.com and put in the comments section your experiences about how you have or have tried to build teams, or go to the Teik Oh Dot Com Facebook page and enter a comment or a question there – let’s start a conversation going so that we can all learn from each other and build great teams!
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