8 Best Ways To Make Your Team Better
Year back I have realized it is great to build a team of formidable individuals, rather than becoming a talking manager who does only want to use people to fulfill task and believe he/she is doing them a favor. In as much a team is meant to achieve a set purpose, everyone should be seen as best to sustain the unity they have to fulfill their work task. I realized this after to have worked with few organization being a team member and also a team leader are few reasons I will encourages team leaders to manage others to grow their management. I love doing volunteering job as part of my hobby to which provide me the insight to know when a team manager who can make his team more better than they started. When I easily notice team managers who don’t want to make their team daring to become an impact to whatever purpose they serve for, I’m sure aware they’ll lose their team and miss the core value to why they function as team.
What makes a really good team manager is when we knowing what will make your team takes wing and soars, they too will soar. Getting your team to soar takes courage, unity, determination and team spirit with equal love. The love is what makes us together irrespective you are much experience than another, but such unity makes as all equal. You have to make the members of your team better than it were, which means trusting them, getting the best resources, training them to take over from you, trusting them not to stab you in the back when it’s time to take over from you and being confidence enough in your own abilities not to be jealous of them when they do take off. Tall order. Most times many managers feel frighten when they have someone in their team who has better more than they do. But you don’t have to if you trust your team and with the right habit to take a lead. And once you’ve built a good team it get in the habit of having you as a manager and then it feels comfortable with that and doesn’t mutiny or overtake you. Team only do that when they feel resentful or mistrusted. Why I have given little light of what makes a team better, now lets look 8 best ways to make your team better than it were
1. Set boundaries
You have to, right from day one, be totally on top of the discipline issue. Remember earlier we talked about be more concern about your team. You being the manager of a team means you have to set boundaries. Well, I am not married, but I learnt from my dad how he lay boundaries as the head of the home. There is such thing and practice for zero tolerance to survive is position even when he is available or, not available. That is what it means to set boundaries so that rules should not go beyond what it is not. This makes you ask questions if you work with a team to checkmate your step.
This do not mean you need to have hundreds of rules and ridiculously inflexible. It means that you need to decide on your few key boundaries that are important to you and to the team and the business. Make them clear and make them firm.
2. Be ready to prune
You have to orchestra and you get them to play. Now you have three choices doing this by:
1.Put up with it
3. End it
3. Offload as much as you can dare
The good manager, and that is you from now on, know that they manage, process, situations, strategies but never people. Look, lets imagine you have a big garden and decide to employ a gardener. Do you manage the gardener? No. they manage themselves quite nicely, thank you. Your job is to manage the garden. You’ll decide what to plant and when and where. The gardener like a spade or wheelbarrow, becomes the tool in that garden and a tool you use to manage your garden effectively. But you don’t manager the gardener. They manage themselves. You tell them what you want done and they get on with it. You delegate and they dig and delve and plant and prune and tend and weed. The plants actually manage themselves as well; neither you nor the gardener actually grows anything-you both manage. The gardener is your useful assistant, your tool to getting stuff done.
There is no point standing over the gardener while they mow lawns, weed beds, prune trees and the like. It is better to give them the job to do then let them get on with it. Once they have finished you can check their work and make sure it is up to scratch. And then you probably won’t need to do that again – don’t keep checking.
4. Let them make mistake
If you are a parent you know the agonizing thing you go through with a two-year-old who insist they can pour their own drink and then proceed to spill most of it on the table. You stand by with a cloth behind your back because you know that:
1.They are going to spill it.
2.It is you who is going to have to mop it up.
3.The spilling process is important and you have to let them do it and they will progress to not spilling but only once they have got the spilling out of the way first.
I am not saying you have grown up baby in your team, I am actually but don’t tell them – but it is imperative you learn to let them do the spilling if they are to progress. Make sure you have your cloth behind your back ready to mop up after them. And after each spilling you don’t tell them off. Instead you offer praise- ‘well done, brilliant job, incredible progress’. Try not to let them see the cloth or the mopping up.
5. Accept team limitation.
‘’Making mistakes means you are learning faster.’’ To effectively fuse a team together means you need several different parts- or team members. Now some of us are good at certain things and others not so. If you we were all the same we wouldn’t be able to work as a team – we would all be leaders or all followers and you need aa combination, not either. So, if some members of your team aren’t leaders – or followers- you have to accept that. If some are good at figure work and others not, you have to accept that. If some are good at working unsupervised and others are not, you have to accept that. And to be able to accept these things you have to know your staff pretty well. You have to know their strength and weakness, good points and bad. If you don’t – and I’m sure this doesn’t apply to you- you will be forever trying to shove around square holes and vice versa.
6. Encourage people
‘’ A group becomes a team when each member is sure enough of himself and his contribution to praise the skills of the others.”
If you don’t make people know you’re pleased with them, they’ll wilt. People come to work for a whole raft of reasons- most, nothing to do with the money despite what they’ll tell you, and there at the top of their unwritten, unspoken, undeclared list will be ‘praise from the boss’. That’s you by the way, the boss.
They might call it ‘recognition’ or ‘acknowledgement’ or ‘feeling’ I’ve well’- but how do they know? They know because you tell them. Praise them in advance. They won’t let you down, or themselves.
7. Take the rap
“The leaders who work most effectively, it seems to me, never say ‘I.’ And that’s not because they have trained themselves not to say ‘I.’ They understand their job to be to make the team function. They accept responsibility and don’t sidestep it, but ‘we’ gets the credit… This is what creates trust, what enables you to get thee task done.” Peter F. Drucker.
A good manager will always take the rap. Most times it is easy for team leaders to use their team for excuse, but it won’t wash. You are the leader, the manager, the boss. If it all goes pear shaped you have to stand up and take the flack
8. Be sensitive to friction
When you are running a team, you are dealing with people. And sometimes they take it into their head to rub each other up the wrong way. Why? Who knows. They just do. They encroach on each other’s space, take each other’s parking spaces. Who starts it? Who know. Can you let it go on? It has to be nipped in the bud. You’ve to be sensitive to friction almost before it begins and something about it. There is no point letting it go on for a day longer than it needs to. But to do this, you really do need to be on the ball. You have to know your team very well indeed to spot those first early warning signs. If you don’t nip it I the bud it will g row into a monster. from tiny nit-picking you’ll end up with full-scale war, with the rest o f the team taking sides. In conclusion I’m sure you are aware much aware as much this as I do and keep your eyes open and your ears to the ground. The secret is stopping it before it get too bad.