“Win together, lose together,” isn’t just an old adage, it’s a fundamental truth to the success of any business or organization. Winning is entirely dependent on your team, so it’s critical that you pay as much attention to the people running the show as you do to your bottom line. Following are a few steps toward maintaining a successful crew.
No one likes being left out of the loop, and the more information people have, the better they can adapt. No one likes meeting just to meet, so schedule a regular meeting schedule that fits your needs and will actually produce meaningful conversation. Be transparent about the performance of your business: Talk about the successes, the failures and what’s head so that everyone is on the same page. Most importantly, give everyone an opportunity to provide input and suggestions, and actually listen to what’s being said.
Setting realistic expectations, and then conveying them to the rest of the team is key. You should have short- and long-term goals to help everyone understand that what they are accomplishing is meaningful, and that every job has a role in the overall success of the organizations. Allowing your team to participate in the goal-setting process reinforces the concept of a team and creates a sense of unity.
Understand Who You’re Dealing With
You don’t have to have a deal relationship with everyone on your team, but you should know something about them so that they feel valued. Schedule occasional off-hours social activities, or even potluck lunches so you can all get to know one another and understand how every role contributes to the organization, as well as your teammates’ style.
Everyone likes to win, so when something amazing in your organization happens, let everyone know about it and celebrate the event together. Acknowledge people when they have contributed, even in a small way, to the overall mission: It allows them to feel part of a bigger picture. Likewise, when you’ve fallen short of a goal, discuss it with your team and seek input on how to what changes can and should be made to get a better result.
Organizations that have invested team members are far more likely to achieve success than those that fail to create group. Teams have a common goal and, when working together, are far more successful than a single individual.