Working effectively with a team is a real art and well worth the time to get right for long term results.
Have you reached the point in your business where it is time to hire on some people to add to your team?
Are you wondering how to best manage and work with a team?
If you are used to working in your business alone, hiring on team members can be a steep learning curve.
Here are some helpful tips to guide you on working effectively with a team.
It all starts with culture. Be sure to find people who will be a good fit for the culture of your business. Take the time to speak with your new team member, introduce them to the soul of your business, why you do what you do, who your ideal client is and why.
Effective communication is the key to every successful relationship. Ensure that you are providing clear instructions and feedback to your team members. If a person is unclear about your instructions or has an idea to improve the process, make sure that they know that they can always approach you with their ideas. Sometimes we are too in it to see things clearly.
Learn from your mistakes
Your team members are human and there will be times when there are miscommunications. Learn how to best communicate and instruct each individual as this will pay off in the long run.
Make expectations clear
Ensuring that each team member is clear about the desired results of each task is crucial to success.
Empower your team
Foster an environment within your team that empowers your employees. Ensure that they can act independently and don’t undermine them when they do. If a team member has overstepped the mark, thank them for their initiative and then gently guide and communicate with them on your expectations of the task at hand.
Develop a system of working together so that everything is clear, deadlines can be easily seen, communication flows and all documentation is kept in a central place that can be accessed by all relevant team members. I use a Project Management system called Trello to communicate effectively with my clients and with my team members.