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February 4, 2018

Strengthen Your Team’s Productivity

Your team relies on you to keep them headed in the right direction—toward meeting departmental goals. Your success in doing this depends on your ability to build and nurture a positively productive workplace. Here are five tips I teach in my GO System and Lead4Results programs to help you.

  1. Make sure everyone on your team understands the goals that the entire team is striving to reach and their part in accomplishing them. When each person appreciates their contributions to the entire team, they are more motivated to excel.
  2. When hiring, consider how well the person will fit within your team’s existing dynamics. You want candidates that will strengthen cooperation and collaboration among team members.
  3. Understand the strengths and weaknesses of each team member. Play to their strengths, and strengthen their weaknesses when making assignments. Provide opportunities for your employees to stretch through training and coaching and use delegation strategically. See my blog post Successful Delegation for more information.
  4. Make sure the work environment minimizes distractions, is ergonomically sound and safe, and is a neat and pleasant place to work in.
  5. Ask your team to recommend improvements that make their work more efficient, listen to what they say, and make changes, as appropriate. If a change cannot be made, explain why; otherwise, the denial may seem arbitrary and could shut down further productive suggestions.

A strong leader helps their team focus on raising the bar and grooms them to achieve more than they think is possible. Encourage them like a coach would before the team takes the field! See my blog post Coaching Employees for Performance Excellence for more tips.

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