How do you align and inspire your team?
Today I’m going to talk about team alignment, and how it can affect your business and what we could do to improve it and make the team more aligned and, and go from there.
Most businesses don’t have an aligned team.
What I mean by that is the owners, the managers and the staff are not aligned.
They don’t know really what they’re working towards and what they’re aiming for.
That creates confusion, frustration, politics, backstabbing, it costs the business a lot of money, time and resources to work with an unaligned team. So there’s more headache for the owner, for the managers and everyone else.
The number one reason for that is the fact that the business doesn’t have a clear written goal as to where we’re going, and what we’re trying to do this month, this quarter, and say this year, and what we’re aiming for, in the next three to 10 years, for the business.
In my experience, over 90% of businesses don’t have clear goals, and that results in a team that is misaligned.
Now, an easy way to fix that is to bring the team in on the planning phase. If the company has a planning day or phase, and have them understand the plan and the goal so that they can contribute to the goal and work on it together.
For example, the goal for the company could be that we’re trying to reach out and get 2000 new customers this year.
Let’s say that we want to add three and a half million dollars to our sales and we want to try to get the average customer value this year up to $600, from $450, or $500, that it is right now.
What we could do is if we’re running a planning session, we could bring the team in and let the team know that here’s the goal, here’s where we’re trying to go this year, here’s what we’re trying to achieve this quarter and the next 90 days. And so they know where we’re going. So we’re all going there together. And it’s clear, and we have a focus.
Then we can ask team members and say, Hey, here’s the goal, here’s what we’re trying to do, figure out what you can do to contribute to the company achieving and reaching its goal.
Another side of the story is that when you include them in the planning session, a couple of things happen:
1- You tap into their wisdom and their potential and their skills and their mind,
2- Have them help you build the plan, build an action plan and be part of it
What happens when you bring your team members into your company planning?
– Now they’re part of the plan.
– They own the plan,
– They are a lot more likely to take action on it
What happens when you include your team in the planning phase for your business?
1. They understand it
2. They were part of it
3. They own the plan
4. They are more inspired and motivated to act on the plan that you created together
How do most managers and business owners try to inspire their team?
An owner or manager goes out and reads a book, or attends a workshop, or watches a seminar or webinars, or something else comes back and says: Hey guys, we’re gonna do this. And the team looks at him and goes, NO, WE’RE NOT!
That happens because the manager and the team members are not aligned!
Because the team did not watch the content that the manager or the owner just went through to understand and be part of what was happening. They were not included!
The owner or the manager is going to have to spend a lot of time trying to persuade and motivate the team to act on his new plan. Good luck with that!
The easy way is: bring them into that course, seminar, or planning session and include them in the planning process.
How do you create a team alignment?
That’s what we do in our quarterly planning workshop.
We spend the day with the team to plan for the next 12 months and create an action plan for the next 90 days and the next quarter.
So we know exactly:
– What we’re trying to achieve?
– Who is responsible for what?
– What is our action plan?
– What are the priorities?
– We’ll work on building a strategy for the company…
– and much more
This workshop would be really beneficial for you and your business. It will give you clarity and it will give the owners, managers and staff members confidence and self-esteem because now we’re all one team, we are pursuing the same thing, and we understand WHY!
Anyway, check it out.
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See you later and have a great day or a great evening.
How do you align your team to achieve a common goal?
The best way to align your team to achieve a common goal is to include your team members on the planning phase so you can tap into their potential, and make them feel included in the process. That way, you team members own the plan that they come up with and are much more likely to cooperate to reach the common goal.