Building a Successful Team
The following guidelines can apply to any industry. Yet, when it comes to the Franchise Industry implementing the information laid out here can deliver a strong team infrastructure.
To build an efficient and successful team, you need to first build a winning culture that helps your team achieve its goals. Ultimately, there are no simple tips or tricks, but making a few slight shifts in your work environment can take your team to new heights.
First, let’s look at each teammate’s role.
How is each role defined? What would your team members say they do? Be specific about what is needed from each person to minimize or eliminate any confusion. Think of each role as part of an assembly line; the more specific the roles, the more efficiently your team can perform. Assign veteran leaders to different projects to provide less-experienced teammates an extra element of direction and serve as sounding boards. Welcome strong leadership tendencies. And be an example to them as well! Promoting from within is easier than pulling from the outside, so try to recognize early the small sparks that are likely to become big fires.
Mix it up!
Don’t be afraid to keep things fresh and move people who would enjoy a change of scenery into different roles. This approach will keep people on their toes and promote cross-learning, which typically benefits groups. Attaining knowledge from working in multiple positions and functions rather than leaving people with less experience to figure things out for themselves can make your team more cohesive and productive.
Bringing people together is the name of the game.
Establishing a company culture doesn’t just happen; as a senior leader, you need to point everyone in the right direction and ensure they have the tools and skills and are in the right work environment to succeed. To that end, you and your team need to establish and align your company values with your vision for the future. If you do that and maintain a healthy work environment, everything will operate more cohesively. People want to feel a sense of belonging at work, and they want to feel engaged. Establish clear-cut, agreed-upon guidelines that convey how the ideal employee goes about their day so the members of your team never need to question or wonder about what is expected of them.
Once you have your best-fit environment, now you can look to the future. Let’s set some goals for down the road. How should we do that?
- First, make sure that your goals and progress toward them are measurable. If your goal is to lose weight, you’d naturally check your weight regularly to verify that your plan is working; the same approach applies to business. Make sure your plan is progressing effectively.
- Next, make each goal realistic. Don’t shoot for the moon right away, but instead gradually cultivate a winning system. Stringing together a couple of small wins will motivate your team to continue moving forward. Enthusiasm and momentum can be contagious, so be sure to sing everyone’s praises when they do well. It can uplift not only the individual but also the entire team.
- Last, and possibly most important, ensure that everyone is communicating effectively and efficiently about everything your team does. Communication plays a part in everything we do, and we must do it well. We’ve all experienced simple miscommunications that spiral into something bigger. Be clear, be specific, and make sure everyone is on the same page. You can’t over-plan, and it behooves you to spend sufficient time to ensure everyone understands what they’re supposed to be accomplishing.
Building a successful team isn’t an overnight project, but it could be the best one you take on yet.