For so long, I've wanted to have my own dream team at work. I wanted to get team members who were ready to be dazzling, fabulous and awesome. It took much longer than I would like to admit to realize that I could help do my best to grow these skills by encouraging creative thinking, growth and accountability.
I listened to a voicemail best practice a few weeks ago, and reached out to the author. He was an RVP in another area of the company. He took the time to talk me through what he meant by his point and provided examples of how he does this.
Here is how I have implemented, and seen AMAZING results. His basic idea was to focus on your top folks, because they drive your middle, as well as your bottom. Although this seems to make sense, I was doing exactly the opposite.
What you focus on festers on the team - whether positive or negative. If you are always focusing on the positive, this is what your team will live up to. By focusing on your best folks, you can tap potential that is currently being wasted, reward team member growth and responsibility, and free up time to work on the long term projects you want to - instead of putting out fires. Seems like a better option to me.
I hope this was helpful. What best practices do you use as a Leader, or as a Team Member, what things do you like that your Leader does?
*Originally posted on TealSpin.com 5/19/15
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