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How To Turn Your Employees Into A Winning Team

If you want to make sure that your business succeeds and achieves all the things you want it to achieve, you obviously need to have a good team in place. It’s pretty difficult to find real success and to grow your business if you don’t have a team of winners with the right talents in the right areas.

Creating a winning team sounds like a pretty vague idea and you might not be sure of what it looks like in practice. That’s understandable, especially if you don’t have much experience of managing a team and creating the structures that allow them to succeed. It’s tricky but it’s far from impossible to get it right.

We’re going to take a look today at some of the changes you can make to your team and how you manage it that’ll push it closer towards its full potential. By making a bunch of changes that each help to create a winning culture inside your team will eventually help you get to where you want to be. So read on now and find out more.

Ensure Each Person Feels Valued and Has Something to Contribute

If you’re going to create a winning team, you definitely need to make sure that the individuals that make up your team feel valued. Everyone should feel like they have something to contribute and they should know what their role on the team is. If people don’t have that, they’ll start to feel a little lost on your team and maybe struggle to feel as if there’s a reason for them to be there at all. When that happens, performance levels drop and it can negatively impact the whole team and how it’s able to function as a cohesive unit.

Offer Strong Leadership

As the person at the top of your business, you’ll play an important role in providing direction to the rest of the team and that’s definitely not something that you can afford to ignore. If you want to make sure that your team is strong and feels like a good unit with everyone pulling together, you need to be the one providing strong leadership and direction. A team is only ever as strong and as confident as the person who’s leading it and providing direction. That’s something that you should  definitely not lose sight of.

And Lead by Example

As well as being the person that’s providing leadership and direction, you also need to make sure that you’re leading by example. People will look to you when it comes to deciding how they should conduct themselves and the attitude they should take when it comes to doing their work. So do try to be the person who leads by example and shows others how they should be conducting themselves. If you don’t put in the work and show dedication, you have no right to expect more from the people beneath you.

Grow as a Team

You want to make sure that when the business grows as a result of the team’s hard work, that they feel a part of that growth. You can’t expect people to consistently perform well and to help the business grow and for them to be happy to get no reward for that. If the business is doing well, the people responsible for that growth should get a pay rise. That’s important because it also shows them that their hard work is really paying off in tangible ways for them. It is important for a team to work well together too and be able to support each other. If you try regular team building questions in your meetings it will help them work together and bond. 

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Make Room for Experimentation and Spontaneity

Making room for experimentation and being willing to be spontaneous is something that’s very important in business. You don’t want your team to be completely fearful of failure because that’ll make them less willing to take risks and that’s simply not good for the business. In order to make solid progress and to take your business to where it needs to be, you need to be willing to take risks and to allow your team to experiment without fear of failure because when you take risks they don’t always pay off. But when they do, it can be huge.

Give Them Space to Prove Themselves

It’s important not to be the kind of boss that tries to micromanage every situation. Your team will never have any kind of independence if you’re always looking over their shoulder and trying to manage the work they do. Giving them more independence is something that can be scary for some bosses, but it generally pays off and yields positive results. It also gives them the chance to really prove themselves and to show what they’re capable of.

Provide Consistent Training Opportunities

Providing your team with a range of training opportunities is something that’s definitely important because when you want them to progress and improve over time. Making progress is obviously important because if your team is static, that means it’s not moving towards success. So find the relevant learning and training opportunities that’ll help your team to deliver more. You can use a digital learning platform and outsource some of those training opportunities if you like. Make sure the opportunities are consistent and relevant to the weaknesses that exist in the team.

Ensure Failures Don’t Prevent Progress

There are always going to be things that go wrong and failures inside your business. A winning team will learn from the mistakes and failures that it experiences and ensure that things are done better next time. Ensuring your team always stays on track and doesn’t lose confidence will be one of the things that you need to focus on. So make sure that you’re not allowing your team to derail just because one thing went wrong or one idea failed. When that happens, it’s a sign of weakness on the team.

Aim to Reduce Confusion

Aiming to reduce the confusion that your team experiences is something that’s obviously important. You don’t want them to feel confused and let down by your leadership or by the work that they’re asked to complete. You have to provide them with real clarity, and that applies to the work they do and their roles within the team and the wider business. You don’t want a lack of certainty to begin to cause chaos for the company and everyone working for it.

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Embrace Tech to Improve Time Management and Efficiency

Enhancing the tech that you have at your disposal inside the business is obviously something that’s very important and something you can’t afford to ignore. If you’re not giving your team members the right technology then they’re never going to achieve all the things that you want them to and that you know they’re capable of achieving. They’ll very quickly get left behind and fail at things like time management and efficient working practices if they’re not provided with the right tech.

Provide the Right Incentives and Rewards

Providing your team with incentive and rewards is definitely something you’ll want to think about if you want to keep your business moving in the right direction. Rewards obviously matter and we’ve already talked about how bonuses and pay rises can be very important for team morale when the business is doing well and revenue up. You should also offer incentives in order to keep your team competitive and motivated. That’s how you make sure everyone does their best work and how you keep the business as a whole moving in the right direction.

Find Team Building Activities That Work

Team building activities can sometimes be lacking and they don’t really have the desired outcomes. That’s why you should try to stay away from the more cliched team building activities if you want to ensure you provide the best for your team. Instead, try out different activities and see which ones really have an impact and which really allow your team to become closer and achieve more together going forward. If you can tell that certain activities are not having any impact, don’t waste any more time or resources on them. 

Review Progress Regularly

As your team progresses, you should make it a priority to carry out regular reviews. These aren’t about telling people off or demanding more from them. It’s more about making sure that you understand the direction things are going in and that you ensure everyone understands the things that are going well and the things that need to be worked on more. It’s hard for the team to improve if people aren’t on the same page regarding the progress that still needs to be made. Open discussions and collaborating to improve outcomes is much better than simply shaming people.

As you can see, turning your group of employees into a true winning team isn’t always easy, but it certainly can be done if you’re willing to put in the work. It’s up to you to make sure that you make the most of the ideas above and give your team the best shot at finding the success you know it’s capable of.

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