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How to get the most out of your team

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Your team help make your business the success it is. They help you reach further and do more in an average day than you’d ever hope to achieve on your own. Your team ARE your business… so how can you get the most out of them?

Be clear on your expectations

focus on teamWhen it comes to effective team management, you need to be crystal clear on what you want from them as individuals and your team as a whole – and what their specific role is in that.

Ensure you have set clear job descriptions for each of your team members, clearly stating what is expected of them and the standards and procedures you expect them to follow.

Be approachable

Communicating to your team, so they know what is expected of them is one thing, but you also need to be open to their needs too –communication is a two-way street, after all.

You HAVE to be approachable and open to listening to what your team have to say; how you can help them carry out their work more effectively and what’s needed to ensure they WANT to work with you and your business.

team meetingCommunicate regularly

Take time to hold regular meetings with your team. Whether you run them virtually or in person, formally or informally, make the effort to communicate with them on a regular basis. Let them know how the business is doing and what your business goals and plans are.

Communicating with each team member individually plays a part here too. Ensure you’re holding regular appraisals with each team member to update them on their own performance, see if they have any problems and issues and to set milestones and goals they can look to attain before the next appraisal.

Get to know your team

get to know your teamYour team members may be YOUR team – but they’re individuals too! Take the time to get to know each one as an individual; learn what motivates them and what they like (and dislike) doing.

Get to know their dreams and aspirations, why they do what they do… and see how you can help them progress and become the best person they can be.

Be grateful

Gratitude plays a big part in the success of your team. Praise can take a team member further than they thought they could go – it lifts them up and cements in their reasons for wanting to work with you. So say “thank you” often!

Take time out to appreciate what having a team has enabled you and your business to do. Remember, to get the most out of your business – you need to get the most out of your team!

Do you currently have a team in place or is it one of your goals for 2015? Whether a virtual or physical team, what action steps will you be taking to ensure you are getting the most from them? Why not share your team motivating tips in the comments box below?

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