One of the keys of a company’s success lies in its productivity. Productivity is a tricky concept and the factors that influence it can be several – of which team work and motivation among the employees is certainly not the least. Thus the aim of a good manager should be to create that dream team out of his employee structure that will work magic for the company. This article outlines how Melbourne business coach David Guest can help you achieve great team productivity.
First of all, you need to understand the meaning of the word ‘team’. Several modern-day management theorists use the idea of “the whole is greater than the sum of the parts” to describe a team. However this is not quite so. A team’s output might also be “less than the sum of its parts”. Essentially a team is any group of people who are putting their efforts in to achieving a common goal. These efforts need not be equal – in quantity or in the type. The goal should be the same though. A dream team is a team in which the whole is not only greater than the sum of the parts but is so greater by a far margin.
Team building is the theory most business coach’s uses to ensure that your dream team is created out of the employees you already have. First of all you have to appreciate those employees that have been doing good work and at the same time you have to weed out those that are holding back the performance levels of the team and your business. This is where regular staff appraisals and employee dismissals become very useful. Appreciation can be shown through genuine praise that is given publicly, monetary incentives as well as through official awards. Such incentives help create a healthy competitive environment among the team members and when done well boost the overall capabilities and output of the team.
Importantly, when team building you have to be careful not to fall into the trap of what is now being popularly called as the ‘Apollo Syndrome’ – which is essentially choosing the best of the best for your dream team; it doesn’t always ensure best results. In fact, in most cases, teams filled with individual over-performers have shown to perform poorly when compared to those filled with talented performers who are motivated to work with others. The reason is that over achievers often wish to get the limelight and outshine the others and team spirit takes a back seat. Therefore, it is important for you to make it known that unless the team as a whole performs well individual performance does not mean anything.
This is the essence of performance management.
As a leader you need to keep a keen eye out for good performers – as mentioned before, appraisals help you to do this – and you have to remove the benchwarmers. It’s your responsibility to instill motivation and set the goal that supersedes individual performance in every single one of your team and have incentives for good performers but mostly for overall team effort. It is a thin line that the manager has to walk, and a wrong step here or there can result in a loss of morale and productivity.
When you’re struggling to get your team engaged or motivated it may be time to call in an outside perspective of a business coach like David Guest in Melbourne. A business coach will use their extensive business knowledge and experience to point out the adjustments that are needed in your business team to get you on track with your own dream team.