It’s not enough to hire a fantastic team. If you want to truly boost productivity, you have to tap into the talents of each team member so that they can perform to their highest potential. So how do you get started?
Here are a few tips:
- Make sure everyone has a clear role they feel good about. The whole team should be crystal clear about what everyone’s role is so that things can run as smoothly as possible, with minimal confusion about who is responsible for what. When there is confusion around who is responsible for what, it is just a matter of time before conflict may begin to emerge as someone is seen as doing too little, too much, or appears to be seeking control when he or she just wants to make sure things are getting done in a timely manner.
- Once each role is defined, make a skill list. What skills do you need to succeed, and who has those skills? Can that person share those skills with other team members? Can you train and develop those skills by bringing in folks from the outside?
- When you’re adding new members to your team, consider cultural fit. Yes, you need someone with the right skill set, but you also don’t want to throw someone into your team who won’t mesh with the rest of your organization. If you’ve found a way to lead and operate in a successful way, you don’t want to throw a wrench into that. It only takes one person to change an entire team dynamic so be careful when selecting new members.
- Your team doesn’t have to be best friends with one another, but they do have to forge working relationships based on trust and respect. As a leader, it’s your job to provide the time and space to help build those interpersonal relationships. Luckily, you don’t need a huge budget or an elaborate plan to achieve this. Take some time to work on projects that encourage collaboration, communication, and allow everyone a chance to learn more about one another.
- Establish team norms that align with the mission, vision, and values of the organization. Everyone must have a seat at the table during norm creation in order to all stakeholders to have buy-in. These norms must outline the way in which the team communicates, makes decisions, participates in meetings, maintains confidentiality, and hold individuals accountable when the norms are not upheld.
Something Getting in the Way of Your Personal Productivity?
Procrastination could be one obstacle to your productivity, but don’t worry, you’re not alone! According to research, 20 percent of the population is considered true, chronic procrastinators. Procrastination may be equated to laziness, but this couldn’t be further from the truth! Chronic procrastination often stems from a deep-seated emotion such as fear. Some fear failure, while others fear the unknown. No matter your reason for procrastination, identifying the cause is essential to achieving more and getting on with your day!
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About the Author
After 10 years in public education, I reached a fork in the road where I could continue to expand my influence by moving into a role in administrative leadership or use the expertise I had acquired to create a unique business that aligns with my passion, helping others achieve their best. Sierra Learnership Collaborative brings to life my belief that effective leadership skills and lifelong learning are critical to one’s success. Growth, leading, and learning are collaborative processes which is where I come in.
So, what does Sierra Learnership Collaborative do?
I provide exceptional leadership speaking, training, and coaching services to youth AND adult learners who strive to experience lifelong personal and professional growth. Today’s youth must be given the opportunity to develop leadership skills early in life and given the tools necessary to make personal growth a priority. Also, today’s leaders must see the need for continued personal growth and professional learning to reach their full potential. So, whether you are a parent looking for an innovative approach to your child’s development in leadership, teamwork, communication, or organization OR a business leader looking for the tools you need to achieve your and/or your team’s definition of success, I will create a plan to meet your specific needs. Whether working with you individually, as a small group, or as an organization, together we will collaborate to achieve your goals.