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Motivation - Dont Make Your Team Uncomfortable
The people in your team may feel a bit uncomfortable whenyou sit down and spend time with them, particularly ifthey're not used to it. They might not be used to you doingit or perhaps a previous manager didn't do it. It's oftenthe case that people are uncomfortable because theyassociate their manager sitting down with them as a preludeto a reprimand.
As Kenneth Blanchard and Spencer Johnson say in their book'The One Minute Manager' - "Catch people doing somethingright"Too many managers think that their job is to - "catch peopledoing something wrong."
Many old style managers believed that their job was to checkup on what their people were doing and "sort things" asrequired. Many employees today still feel that's still thesituation. If a manager comes close to you then they'rechecking up. If you've got that culture amongst your teammembers, then you need to change it.
Think of it this way - are you the kind of manager whospends time with your team to find out what they're doing orto find out how they're doing. Make sure it's the latter.
Some of your people may even be a bit scared of youparticularly when they first join the team. You may believethat - "you're much too nice a person for anybody to bescared of little old you" - however I used to believe thattoo.
One day I was discussing a new salesman with John, one ofthe more experienced guys. "Young Patrick's scared of you"he said. "Don't be ridiculous" was my reply, "What have Iever done to make him scared of me, I'm always really niceto him." - "Well he is scared of you and just wants toplease you" said John.
This was something that really made me think because therewas no way I wanted any of my team to be scared of me. Nowthat I was aware of it I took more care in my dealing withPatrick and our working relationship worked out okay.
So always be aware of the impact you're having on yourpeople; you may think that you're the nicest most reasonableperson in the world but how do they see it. Sadly, there are some managers who quite like the fact thattheir people are a bit scared of them and they see it as apositive situation. These are also the managers who spend alot of time recruiting new people.
I can remember times when I've taken over a new team. I'vehad many strange looks and defensive body language when I'vestopped to have a chat with some of the team.Some field sales people would get extremely uncomfortablewhen I told them I'd be spending some time with themvisiting customers. However, I always knew that I wasgetting it right when at later date a salesman would ask -"When are you coming out with me again Alan to see somecustomers."
There's always going to be members of your team who arereally keen to spend time with you and others who are lessso. However, you must spend time with everyone - more withsome and less with others. If you do it right, then yourpeople will start to get used to it and start to see thebenefits to themselves.
Discover how you can generate more business by motivatingyour team!Alan Fairweather is the author of "How to get More Salesby Motivating Your Team" This book is packed with practicalthings you can do to get the best out of your people . Visit http://www.howtogetmoresales.com
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Team Work - A Challenge of Character
Over the years there has been much ado about team work, the value of teams, the ups and downs, the pros the cons! Some appear to work and others fail, why? Can your business benefit from a team work approach or not?As people we are 'complex beings' It never ceases to amaze me how we often gravitate to negative ways of thinking about others when we ourselves (if we are honest) have just as many flaws and faults. We often find ourselves thinking about the glass half empty instead of the glass half full.
Getting Team Discussions Moving in The Right Direction
Group discussions are where much of the creative work of teams is accomplished. Ideas and problem solutions from all team members are the desired outputs of group discussions.
High Performing Teams: 10 Things You Want To Know About Building A High Performing Team
"Conflict becomes politics, commitment becomes 'Only if it's in my best interest', accountability becomes 'Only when it serves me,' and results just fall by the wayside."- Patrick Lencioni, author of "The Five Dysfunctions of a Team", speaking about dysfunctional teamsBased on my experience as a manager, a member of many teams, an HR professional, and a coach, below are 10 things you want to know about high performing teams.
Grow Your Staff into a Team of Creative Problem Solvers
As a manager, your employees will come to you with situations they don't know how to handle. When they approach you during these times, they are looking to you to give them the solution to the problem.
Building High Performing Teams: Putting the I Back in Teamwork
Ever watched a really brilliant idea meet with resistance and die? Or been involved in the battle of wills created when two people (or two departments) meet head on with their independent agendas? Equally painful perhaps, have you ever sat through one tireless and non-productive meeting after the next? Believe it or not these issues are simply different sides of the same coin. Getting the right people talking together effectively and generating desirable outcomes is what high performance teamwork is all about.
Discovering the Truth on MLM
Truth on mlmDid you know that the truth on mlm can set you free? Well, it definately can and here's why. Basic processes need to take place no matter how many different articles, books and websites are devoted to the subject on network marketing.
The 5 Bes of Motivation
It's not true in every organization, but it is true in many. Managers often don't understand their employees.
Team Member Feedback: A Priceless Communication Tool
Feedback is such an important communication tool. Openness, honesty, candor, trust -- all of these are hallmarks of high performance teams and organizations.
Employee and Coworkers Gifts
Giving gifts to your co-workers or your employees can be a tricky business. You want to give something that is they will really enjoy but doesn't break your piggy bank.
Story Telling With a Purpose
For a brief time, I tried to sell life insurance. And, the operative word was 'tried' I can assure you.
Feedback For Learning Can Turn Your Team Into Winners
Feedback:Most experts agree both types; constructive and positive feedback are beneficial and important to performance improvement. However, the way the feedback and timing of it are crucially factors.
Leading To A Preferred Future
Last month's edition of Footprints and Monuments illustrated a parallel between leadership in the face of disaster and the voyage of the Apollo 13. As you will remember, an explosion on board forced the crew to circle the moon without ever landing on their prized target.
What's Wrong With You, Why Don't You Understand Me?
Recently while waiting for our lunch to be served in a nearby restaurant, my husband Michael and I were discussing our son's upcoming science fair project. Michael was describing the steps that my son should follow to complete the assignment.
Outdoor Team Development - Harmless Fun or Serious Learning?
The Sales Director had organised a great conference; the venue was first class, the service excellent and the content of the workshops and presentations very motivational. The only potential "fly in the ointment" was the team-building afternoon which was scheduled to take place outdoors as evidenced by the memo outlining the fact that waterproof jackets, trousers and boots should be brought along to the conference.
Putting the I in Team
This sports cliche is a memorable phrase that reminds people that team success is more important than individual glory. In that sense it is wonderful and is as true for business teams as it is for sports teams.
Corporate Team Building
There is a WHOLE lot of talk these days about Corporate Team Building. There are many, many options: vacation packages, rope courses, on-going office games, ice-breakers, etc.
The Top Ten Methods to Create a Successful Work Team
Teams are often useful in situations where the task cannot be completed individually or if the task requires working interdependently. However, a successful team requires thought and planning.
Team Communication Critical To Success
I'm often asked, "Why is my team always fighting fires instead of preparing for changes?" Finding the answer may take some digging. Here are a few possibilities.
The very effective tool of keeping a journal can be used in your workplace as well as at home. It is a powerful tool that can enhance our lives and support our personal and work well-being.
Working as a Winning Team
It's a great sunny day so it's time to get out and enjoy the weather. Many of us would like to, but we have projects due, tasks that need to be done, people that we need to see, and money that needs to be made.
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