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Developing Leaders In Your Company

ByBlogpost, challenges, Entrepreneurship, excellence, Goals, Human resources, Leadership, management, opportunities, purpose

As your business grows, you need to hire new people to sustain that growth. You need to build new teams or departments to handle the specific areas of the business. The hiring process itself can be challenging. This is especially true if you are looking for leaders to manage the teams. The hiring process when it comes to looking for leaders or managers can be more tedious compared to the hiring process for regular employees. This is because managers have bigger responsibilities within the company. They are responsible for the people under them and have to answer to the people above them.

To save time and resources, one approach that you can take is to hire within the company. The ability to hire homegrown talent can give your company that competitive edge in the market. But you just can’t give anyone the responsibilities of a manager or a leader. Most employees are often promoted because of their excellent performance with their jobs and not their leadership skills. What I’m saying is – your top sales guy might not be a good leader.

Recognize Potential

Keep on the lookout for individuals who go the extra mile. Leaders want to see how far they can go. Push people out of their comfort zones and see who will stand out. Great leaders can adapt to any situation and would still succeed or make the best out of the given situation. Do not forget to observe beyond their job related skills. Observe their behaviours and attitudes. Do they have the right mindset to manage a team? Do their colleagues look to them for advice? How are their people skills? If you can see the potential then you are on your way to finding a homegrown leader.

Opportunities for Development

If you are looking to grow your business, having a leadership development plan as part of your strategy is a good idea. A leadership development plan does not only involve training but hands on experience. Giving out challenging tasks and rotating jobs can help develop skills, improve confidence and will give a deeper insight into your business and your business goals. Get this plan started as early as possible because you’ll never know when you might need someone to manage a team.

Coach

As a leader yourself, impart your knowledge, values and experiences to the potential leaders in your organisation. Since they are part of your company, that knowledge will not go to waste and would not only benefit them, but also your business. Think of this as another type of investment. But remember, as the leader and the business owner, live what you preach and be honest when interacting your team.

Mistakes In Corporate Team Building

ByGoals, Human resources, Leadership, management, opportunities, purpose

A team building’s purpose is to improve trust within the team, increase communication, collaboration and motivate team members. This is one way for the team to just relax and relieve them of work-related stress. You must never forget that although your team is dedicated to their jobs they are still human beings who need a break every now and then.

Team building can also help foster friendships. Friendships within the team can help boost morale and performance within the team. A side effect of this is it builds trust, which is one of the goals of a well thought out team building. This trust can also extend to the manager or supervisor. Trust between the team and the one who manages it will help improve communications and in turn the performance. Improved communication will lead to better engagement. Better employee engagement will lead to reduced employee attrition. The point is, a well thought out team building has an overall positive impact in your organisation. You might already have some ideas for an awesome team building event but check out these things on what to avoid when planning a team building event.

Holding The Event In The Workplace

Holding the activity in the workplace is not a good idea. It beats one the purpose of the team building which is to relieve your staff of work related stress. Even if they are not doing any type of work during the activity, the workplace’s atmosphere can still give the impression to some of your employees that they are still working. It can be consciously or subconsciously. It can also come off as cheap and boring. Spice it up and go to a different venue. Anywhere but on-site.

No Goals In Mind

When planning a team building event, you must have a goal in mind. Think of one of the purposes of team building events. You can have activities centered around good communication or building trust. Maybe talk about your experiences with regards to the goal of the team building. As mentioned in one of my previous articles, spending resources on team building is like investing. Your company should be able to get something out of it in the future. A team building event without a goal is just a day off.

The Team Comes First

A team building event should be first and foremost, fun. Choose activities that cater to the members of the team. Maybe do a survey during the planning phase. Activities should be varied to cater to the different personalities of the team members. But do not forget that those activities should have a goal in mind.

Building High-Performance Teams That Will Last

ByAttitude, Blogpost, challenges, excellence, Food for thought, Leadership, management

For the past few articles, I have been talking about building and managing high-performance teams. By definition, a high-performance team is a team that is highly focused on their goals and achieves superior results. You don’t need to be a rocket scientist to know that having such a team is greatly beneficial to your business. With the right hiring and interview process, you would be able to pick out potential talented individuals that would make up your high-performance team.

Building a high-performance team is a challenge in itself. The same thing goes in managing one. They both take a lot of time and effort. In business, time is a valuable commodity. You have to make each time investment worth it. This is especially true when it comes to building or developing THE team for your company. By putting so much time and effort in this process, you as a leader should also make sure that the team will last. Think of it as one of your long term goals. The longer the team stays intact, the more milestones your company would be able to achieve.

Self Evaluation

Self evaluation is one of the characteristics of a good leader. You need to be aware of your leadership style. Ask yourself constantly if your leadership technique is effective. Are your techniques accepted by the team? Always bear in mind that a high-performance team is composed of individuals who have strong personalities and tend to do things their way. Modify or adjust your approach if need be but assure the team that the goals are still the same and you have accountability.

Give Feedback

It is your job as a leader to provide constant feedback. Do not wait for signs of trouble to show up before providing feedback. Do it regularly to make sure that everything is on track. It can be done informally if you want to be more relaxed. It really depends on the team you are leading. Each team is different and there is no cookie-cutter way of providing feedback. But one thing is for sure – constant feedback means continuous improvement.

Celebrate

This is very important for me. Celebrate success. The corporate and business world is tough. In this fast paced world, we sometimes forget to step back and reflect on what we have achieved and the journey we took to achieve them. Live the moment and remember what you and the team did to reach your goals. You’ll gain valuable knowledge and at the same time you get a breather from all that hard work.