7 steps to help shape the team dynamic and improve performance levels. They may seem obvious but are only too easy to neglect.
The extent of this exercise is naturally dependent on the size of your team. Look at their existing capabilities, skills gaps but equally importantly, areas in which team members wish to develop. Check out our post on the top skills required by 2022 >>
The most important management skill remains communication. Individual’s values and learning styles will dictate how and to what extent this occurs but if you are to be successful, you need to be in it together. In the PWC Global Family Business Survey 2018, 75% felt that having a clear sense of values gave them a competitive advantage.
Encourage team members development. If they are interested in learning a new skill that could be of benefit to the business, try to help them receive some exposure. Interesting the same PWC report highlighted that 69% of family businesses ‘expected or encouraged the next generations they hire to gain experience outside the family business’.
It is important to have a clear view of the individual strengths of your team members. This should not be bound by qualifications or job title – what they actually do and how efficiently this is carried out will make or break the team.
As leader, it is your role to place expectations and make sure the right outcomes are achieved. Team members should take responsibility to ensure that they contribute accordingly. Critical thinking skills have never been in so much demand, developing this skill in your existing team as well as recruiting staff with this ability is key.
It is vital that once your team has embarked on a project everyone is on the same page. Once a decision has been reached, the policy has to be one of unity.
By remaining fair and consistent, team members are more likely to trust you and deliver to the best of their ability.