Results will not materialize without action. It’s as simple as that. Sometimes we delay taking that first step into action due to over-planning, or the fact that we perhaps do not know what the first step should be.
The following are 5 steps that will help you lead your team into results-oriented action, bound to bring you one step closer to success, no matter what your business may be.
(1) Build a Strong Team
When you have a group of people who work well together, understand their roles and the role of each team member within the group, communicate effectively and are able to combine their strengths to create results, you have a strong team.
(2) Outline Your Game Plan
An outline of the various action steps your team needs to take in order to achieve the end-goal helps keep everyone organized and on-task. Have a team meeting during which everyone has an opportunity to provide input and come up with a plan that works for the team and the end-goal.
(3) Set a Timeline AND Deadlines
Setting a timeline and multiple deadlines, as well as the final deadline for an entire project, is crucial. It gives the team milestones against which to monitor their progress and allows team members to schedule tasks and priorities accordingly.
(4) Accountability & Consistency
Knowing that the success of the team lays within the success of each team member performing the tasks for which he/she was recruited to the team often serves as motivation for everyone to get their work done, and get it done on time. When you know someone else is depending on you, you’re less likely to slack off.
(5) Celebrate the big and small wins
Enjoy the energy of being part of a team. Celebrate the small victories and the milestones along the way; treat your team to a lunch; organize fun team building activities; perhaps publicly acknowledge their great work to date as progress toward the end goal is made.
According to the 2011 Workforce Mood Tracker by Globoforce, only 50% of people love their job. That leaves 50% who are likely disengaged at work.
Showing appreciation for your team’s hard work and commitment to success will go a long way towards contributing to how your team members view their work.
When the final goal has been achieved, soak up how it feels to be part of a successful project. Celebrating one another’s success, as well as that of the team is a fantastic motivator and a sure-fire way to set a solid base for tackling the next project or adventure.
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