I'm New To Managing & Want To Build A Kick Ass Team
I'm new to running my own business - but on top of that I am new to managing a team of people who work for me.
What are some ways I can get things off on the right foot and keep my new team engaged and motivated?
New Boss In Town
Dear New Boss In Town,
The best thing you can do to engage and motivate your team is make them feel proud to be a part of your company.
To do this you’ll need to work with them to develop the culture of your business. Culture is the set of shared attitudes, values, goals and practices that characterize an institution or organization.
Start by making a list of what you value most for your business. You can have many values but narrow it down to the three most important ones. These are your core values. If you don’t already have a mission statement you can create one using these values. If you do, make sure it reflects them.
Call a gathering with your staff. Make sure it’s fun and spirited and provide a great meal.
Now get everyone’s creative juices flowing! Gather a ton of old magazines and have them cut out pictures and words that they feel represent the culture of your business. Ask them to write one word on the back of their collage that describes what they areconveying. Now have everyone share. Challenge team members to guess what word their team mates wrote on the back of their collages. Encourage the creators to explain why they chose those images and words.
Discuss with your team what they believe the values for the business should be. I’ll bet they come up with almost the exact same ideas as you! After you’ve decided your core values, work together to create a list of behaviors that encompass who you are as a company. Guide and direct your staff through the conversation. Write notes and ideas on a flip chart but don’t take over. At the end of your discussion you should have listed your three core values and about 10 basic guidelines for company behaviors.
Creating a defined culture as a team will make your staff feel proud and invested.
People will support what they help create.
Not only will this help to create energy and pride among your business but it is a great tool for future coaching opportunities. If someone isn’t performing in alignment with the values of the business, you can simply remind them that they might be losing sight of the values and expectation that they helped create.