Improving team performance with simple actionable steps

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Is your team prepared for success? If not, ask yourself the question… Do they know what success looks like?
A great way to ensure you and your team are geared for success now or at any time, is to ensure they have the skills to meet the goals of the business and can deal with the day-to-day challenges that occur.

Not sure how to incorporate a continuous education process for you or your team’s development?

Here is an easy way to figure out how to make that work:

1. Establish your business goals and objectives for the next 12 months and then break into quarters.

2. Identify the key behaviours that you or your team will need to demonstrate to achieve and exceed those goals. What do you need to do differently?

3. List the skills a person would need, to demonstrate those behaviours exceptionally well and grade you and your team on a scale of 1-10 as to how well you display those skills already. Consider any area you scored less than an eight, as a training opportunity and prioritize them so the most relevant areas to your business success have your focus.

4. Determine three options for education or training in the needed areas and select the option that will help you achieve your goal with the greatest return on investment.

5. Remember to explain the expectations of enhanced performance to anyone you educate and to build some fun into the process.

6. Monitor your results and program activities people can use to continue improving upon what they have learned.

7. Make sure you and your team plan learning time into your calendar. If it isn’t scheduled, it isn’t likely to happen. Make it a real priority and be very clear on who is involved.

And as an extra step (which maybe should be 1). Look in the mirror. As the business owner and leader, it starts with you. When did you last read a business book, attend a seminar, or work on your own education? It all seems simple (and it is) but if it were easy, we would all be doing it.

However big or small your team is, success doesn’t just happen. Your team needs guidelines and measurements to know when they are doing a good job.


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