Without a team to support you, your business simply can’t scale. You can use automation to handle a lot of your marketing and operational processes. However, there are some tasks that just can’t be completed by technology. The human element is required. You can fly solo until you reach a plateau, and then it will be time to hire a team. Although having a team is a great addition to your business, it also comes with its own set of challenges.
Almost every business owner who has a team understands the ups and downs you can go through trying to hire, manage, and motivate your team. While hiring “right” is the first step, how you lead your team has a great impact on: Quality of Output, Attitude of Team Members, Results Produced, and ultimately, Retention. It is easy to blame our team members when we are unhappy with performance.
There are mistakes that business owners unknowingly make that contribute to an unhappy and unmotivated team. These memes give us a light-hearted approach to acknowledging the consequences of practicing these leadership behaviors.
Failure to Provide a Vision and Goals
Without a vision, there is no direction. It’s like a boat without a rudder. A lack of vision creates a company/team that is going in circles, not knowing what they are supposed to be focused on. It’s inefficient and will ultimately affect your results and bottom line. And to add fuel to the fire, goals are impossible to set without a vision. Goals are what drive productivity and produce the outcomes you need to achieve growth in your business.
Failure to Express Appreciation
No one wants to feel like you take them for granted. Of course, you pay your team members, but that’s not always enough. While some people are motivated solely by money, more often than not, your team will need more. They want to feel appreciated. They need to hear thank you. Recognizing them for a great accomplishment when they worked extra hard can go a long way. Just remember the positive to negative feedback ratio should tip in favor of positivity.
Failure to Respect and Practice Kindness
Especially in the online space, where everyone is a contractor running their own business, a lack of kindness and respect is rarely tolerated. While some bosses in companies may get away with this because the employee needs a “job,” it’s not the case in the entrepreneurial world. Treat your team members as equals. Respect their humanness when they make an error. Value their opinion as if they have something to contribute. Kindness goes a long way towards achieving the supportive team you desire.
Failure to Trust and Delegate
Have you ever caught yourself saying this: “It’s just easier to do it myself. At least I know it will get done right.” Or you micromanage because it’s hard for you to trust and let go. I know I have been guilty of this in the past. Then I saw how it made my VA feel. A lack of trust is a huge shot to your team member’s confidence. When your team doesn’t feel confident, they won’t perform well and they certainly won’t stretch themselves to grow. Delegate, have patience, and help your team grow. It’s a short-term investment for your long-term growth.
Failure to Connect Personally
Gone are the days of not mixing business with personal. I don’t believe in that. Of course, you have to find a balance, but we are human beings first, workers second. We have a personal life that sometimes affects our work and our mood. I always check in with my clients and my team members personally first, before we get down to business. I want to know what is going on in their lives because it truly matters to me. By connecting personally, I understand them better and build a stronger relationship with them. That connection sends a powerful message that they are important to me.
Failure to Recognize Unique Strengths
Everyone has their own set of unique strengths. It may or may not be the strengths you are needing, but those strengths are still useful. When you spend time digging deeper into each team member’s zone of genius, you have the opportunity to pull out the very best in them. Instead of focusing on what they aren’t good at, focus instead on how you can use what they are good at. This will make your team members feel valued for who they are.
Failure to Coach and Develop
Most people, if they aren’t growing their skills, will get bored. A leader can’t just criticize a team member for her mistakes without offering room for coaching and developing. Your team wants to learn and grow, and if they aren’t feeling challenged, you are more likely to lose them. They may underperform, develop attitude issues, or ultimately, leave your team. It is your responsibility, as a leader, to provide an enriching environment that helps your team thrive. Only then will they have the creativity and motivation to help you achieve business success.
While all these memes are funny (because of their truth), there are “real” consequences to making these mistakes. Practice the opposite and you will build a loyal, productive, and high-quality team that will support your next phase of business growth.
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A Hilarious Look at 7 Mistakes Business Owners Make to Demotivate Their Team
August 6, 2019