Assuming you have a good crew of employees, it is not enough to simply verse them in
policy and procedure and let them hit the ground running. You are their manager, and they
are your team. An efficient and successful business depends on making live the example of one
plus one equal three, the sum being more powerful than its parts.
You are the vision of the bigger picture, but manage your employees to their greatest good. That means you have to pay attention. This is where identifying motivation becomes important. Keep a keen eye not necessarily on what your employees do day to day, but how they do it. What is their motivation for bringing a task to fruition? Is it that they love a challenge, great - offer them more. If it is to get the low lying tasks over with, migrate those duties to someone else who may be a better fit for those tasks. Job outlines are not set in stone. Be flexible and do what works.
Drive also comes into play. High drive people get the job done, but they can be challenging
to manage. If they are bored they will want to leave. If they work with slow and steady workers,
they may get frustrated with pace. Learn to manage these individuals. They can be great assets!
If you don’t know how to manage them, simply ask them what they need. My hunch is that
they will be eager to tell you and happy you asked. People with high drive and intense focus are
sometime paired well with others who are like themselves; there’s that one plus one equal three at its best!
In summary, building a team, retaining it, and keeping it productive requires a lot more
than simply instruction and oversight. A strong team knows what is expected of them and how
to reach their goals. They are celebrated for reaching those goals and they see how those goals
fit into the bigger picture. A successful manager knows that their team is the manifestation of
the business concept, and only with a team like this will business look the way you have always
envisioned it to be.
Be a competent and concerned leader. If you are not confident about a certain aspect of a project, ask someone else for help, don’t fake it. Strong teams do not have to be big teams, but they do have to be comprised of individuals who are selected intelligently, feel competent and important in their role, are rewarded not only monetarily but intellectually for the part they play in the success of achieving the set company goals and who feel interconnected in the overall mission of the business. Such teams are headed by confident leaders, yet, as such, remember you have to be a team player too!
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