Embarking on your journey as a small business owner may often feel like a lonely one-person job. It’s a common trait which is why I suggest in my business coaching assignments that building the best possible team around you can help you to alleviate that stress and free up some valuable time.
Building the team can feel a bit like a game of Tetris - the key is finding how they all fit together in order to build the most secure and successful structure.
When building your team remember to:
Once you have a team in place it is your responsibility to ensure they remain committed and motivated. Team coherence and vision is a huge factor in whether or not your team will work successfully toward the business’ goals.
Consistently build your team based on your firm’s culture and not solely on qualifications. Engage your employees on a personal level to reaffirm your dedication to their personal and professional growth and well-being.
There is nothing worse than getting stuck in the constant loop of hiring and firing - it’s exhausting, discouraging and very time consuming. I see a little too much of it when I arrive on site as a business coach. Constant encouragement and motivation will ensure a team with long-term dedication and commitment.
If you want your team to be effective, you must set clear expectations and continually emphasise them. Your team wants to succeed, but they need to know the goals outright.
With your team in place, it is time to start delegating. Otherwise it was all for nothing! Delegating in business is not about passing the buck. You don’t abandon accountability, you simply assign responsibility and authority appropriately.
It’s a little like cliff-jumping into the ocean - you’ve done it already - you’ve jumped! Now you have to trust that the water will break your fall...