One of the most difficult aspects of managing or leading a small business is managing people. When personalities clash and people cannot communicate with each other, it affects your business. Many of these kinds of problems arise from not having clearly defined roles for each member of your small business’ team. In this article we will take a look at some simple rules that will help you put together the ideal team of people and helping them work together to succeed.
1. A team with no clear objectives will not deliver
One of the first things you will need to do when putting together a team of people is having a very clear outline of what your team will be doing. What project will your team be working on? What do you hope to achieve by a specific date? Once you have outlined your team’s objectives, you will need to set specific expectations, both for the team and for each member. The first step towards successfully achieving your team’s objectives is to delineate them clearly as soon as possible.
2. A successful team needs a good work environment
Surround your team with everything they need to complete their tasks successfully. Most importantly, make sure that all of your team members are committed and that they are comfortable with their current working environment. Competition is usually a good way to get your team members but it is important to make sure that it does not get in the way of your team members’ relationships and commitment to their job.
3. A team needs a variety of personalities to avoid stagnation
To build a successful team, you will need different personalities that work together. This means that your team members should, ideally, come from different backgrounds and should have different skill sets that complement each other. Having a single mindset among your team members can cause your team to stagnate, to stay in a rut or plateau too early.
4. Team members with a personal relationship work better together
Although many companies frown on emotional connections between employees, it may be in your best interest to foster relationships of friendship or mentorship between team members (of course, within the context of a professional environment.) Team members should know that they are encouraged to support and help one another both inside and outside of your business. Knowing that they can rely on their team members for support and help when they need it will help your team members build a good relationship with each other.
5. Every team needs a leader to allow everyone to communicate
Choose an influential member of your team to lead and provide direction. However, this does not mean that your team should be a dictatorship. Your leader’s main role should be to foster an environment in which all team members can communicate openly about problems, conflicts, and other issues while maintaining a professional demeanor.
What has your experience been when putting together a team for your business? Hearing or reading the experiences of other small business owners can help shed light on your current situation as well as help you choose when it comes time to setup a team for a project related to your company. Hopefully, the above rules will come in handy when the situation comes up.