In this article we will discuss the specific thought processes that a leader uses to transform a team from average to awesome—into one cohesive, highly motivated team who are willing to go the extra mile to meet objectives.
I think one of the most common mistakes managers make is not challenging their staff. Managers spend so much time with their workers that they tend to become complacent and fail to provide challenges, which are so critical to helping their staff grow.
A 2012 Towers Watson study found that in most organizations, only 35 percent of employees said they were engaged. In other words, 65 percent of employees have mentally checked out, causing productivity, innovation, and creativity to plummet.
Expressing remorse without any real intent to change comes off as insulting or dismissive, like someone who always comes late to a meeting and says, “I’m sorry I’m late.” The likely truth is she never really intended to be on time. No one believes her apology, and so she is not trusted.
As managers, we are expected to lead, manage, and coach all our people—not just some of them. Our job is to maximize the performance of each person in our organization. So we have to pay attention to everyone, again making sure each is performing as best possible, meeting our performance expectations.
It’s essential that your team members know what’s expected of them. When they start, generally they’re given a job description but that’s not enough. Clear expectations set the standards and means there’s no confusion and everyone is working towards the same goal.
Whether it’s a band, a sports franchise or a company, chemistry is what makes teams great. Much of modern business thinking is centered on understanding what makes great teams tick. More often than not, effective teams share the following five characteristics.
It makes good business sense to build more powerful employee engagement. Although it’s impossible to do everything your team wants, there are plenty of ways to get your team more engaged in their work so they become more positive and you’ll retain them longer.
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