How to Build Strong Teams

If you’re reading this, it means you’re either one of our incredible clients or you’re thinking about becoming one. Those who lead the businesses we serve are exceptional Managers, Executives and Entrepreneurs who have the drive and focus to accomplish pretty much anything. Often, when an individual is so driven and ambitious, the transition from solo act to band leader can be a challenge and the assembled team might struggle a bit. We’ve seen it once, we’ve seen it a hundred times. A solo entrepreneur needs an assistant, then an accountant, next a delivery driver, followed by a social media manager, and before they know it, they’ve got a full-fledged team to manage! Now, when a leader goes into this prepared and informed, it’s not too hard to build a strong team but, when it feels rushed, desperate and out of control (as it often does for those first-timers), there are often communication and delegation issues followed by missed deadlines and a disorganized mess. Here are some tips from us on how to build strong teams.

1. Know what you need! Before you’re so desperate you’ll take the first person to apply for the job, take a moment to assess your immediate needs as well as future needs as your business grows. Perhaps you’ll get by with one of our Virtual Assistants for a period of time but anticipate who you’ll need next and when that need will arise so that you can plan for the job listing, interviewing and training process. If you need help with this, just as us, we do it all the time!

2. Communicate from the start! From the very first moment you’re interviewing a potential member of your team, be upfront and honest about your expectations of them, what the work entails and the nature of the working environment. The last thing you want is to hire someone who doesn’t fully grasp what they’re getting themselves into.

3. Don’t hesitate to delegate! It’s really hard to relinquish control over your baby. And, let’s be honest, your business is your baby, right? It can take practice (and a lot of deep breaths), but once you’re comfortable delegating tasks to your team, they’ll feel trusted and empowered and you’ll find yourself with more time on your hands to tackle what’s really important to you. As a support staff organization, we see this all the time as clients want to hold onto control over the smaller things. We support our clients to let go of the details (trust us, we can handle them) so that they can continue to work on the bigger picture for their company.

4. Keep communicating! The communication train goes both ways so be sure your door is open for your team to come talk to you when they have suggestions for policy or procedural changes, complaints about other team members or feel they need more or less support on something specific. You communicate with them, they communicate with you, and everyone will be happier and more productive.

Did we miss anything? How do you build strong teams? Feel free to leave a comment or come visit us on Facebook, Twitter or LinkedIn and we’ll chat!

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