What if your people brought their “A” game every day?

Imagine a workplace where every employee shows up with their best effort and fullest potential daily. The productivity, creativity, and overall atmosphere would be electric. But how can you, as a boss, create an environment where this becomes the norm (1Information taken from How to be a Great Boss by Gino Wickman)?

To foster an environment where your team consistently brings their A game, consider focusing on these key areas:

1. Delegate Work Effectively and Free Yourself Up to Lead and Manage – Effective delegation isn’t just about offloading tasks; it’s about empowering your team. Trust them with responsibilities that align with their strengths and allow yourself the freedom to focus on strategic leadership and management. By doing so, you create a culture of trust and accountability.

2. Assess Your Team and Surround Yourself with A Players – Not everyone will be an A player, but it’s crucial to identify and cultivate those who are. Conduct regular assessments to understand each team member’s strengths and areas for improvement. Surrounding yourself with top talent elevates the entire team and sets a higher standard for performance.

3. Communicate Powerfully with Each of Your Employees – Open, honest, and effective communication is the cornerstone of a successful team. Regular check-ins, feedback sessions, and transparent conversations build a strong rapport and ensure everyone is aligned with the team’s goals.

4. Have the Courage to Deal with Employees Who Don’t Meet Your Expectations – It’s not easy, but addressing underperformance head-on is necessary. This doesn’t always mean immediate termination. It starts with honest conversations, providing support, and giving employees a chance to improve. If there’s no progress, it may be time to part ways.

In his book, Off Balance: Getting Beyond the work-life balance myth to personal and professional satisfaction2, Mark Kelly interviewed numerous individuals whose bosses exemplified a balanced work-life approach. Interestingly, these employees worked an average of nine hours more per week than their counterparts but reported higher job satisfaction. They valued job satisfaction over the traditional notion of work-life balance, finding fulfillment in their work.

He also defines what a highly motivated employee looks like.

1. They work hard – Motivated employees put in the effort because they see value in their work.

2. They enjoy the people they work with – A positive work environment where colleagues enjoy each other’s company boosts morale and productivity.

3. They feel respected – Respect is fundamental. When employees feel respected, they’re more likely to respect their work and the team.

4. They feel they are making a contribution. Knowing that their work makes a difference motivates employees to perform at their best.

5. They believe the challenge the work presents matches their abilities. When tasks align with their skills, employees feel competent and motivated to tackle challenges.

6. They know why they go to work every day – A clear understanding of their role and its importance keeps employees focused and driven.

How can you take responsibility for your team – If you’re not satisfied with your team’s performance, it’s your responsibility to address it. However, before making any drastic decisions, ask yourself:

  • Have I done everything possible to make them successful?
  • Have I failed them in any way?

Reflecting on these questions ensures that you’ve provided all the necessary support and resources before considering termination.

Your Team as Your Number One Differentiator

Ultimately, your team is your greatest asset and differentiator. Investing in their growth, maintaining open communication, and fostering a supportive environment will ensure they bring their A game every day.  By prioritizing these elements, you set the stage for a thriving, motivated, and high-performing team.

If you would like to discuss your team, get recommendations on assessments or discuss any other challenges you are facing, please feel free to book a call with me.  These calls are very low key. No pressure or hard sales. And 99% of advisors who spend the hour with me end up walking away with some actionable takeaways they can use right away.

Thanks for stopping by – Ginny.

1 How to be a Great Boss, 2016 by Gino Wickman & Rene Boer

2 Off Balance: Getting Beyond the work-life balance myth to personal and professional satisfaction by Matthew Kelly, 2015