By definition, as asset is something, someone, or a quality of value. Something that brings benefit. And on the opposite side of that table you have liabilities.
So let me ask you this: is your team filled with assets or liabilities?
I think we all would like to have teams that we could consider to be assets to us. A team that you can find value in and will create an overall positive result in what you are trying to achieve.
Getting to that, though, can be a puzzle in and of itself.
My last job I had, I got to sit down with the vice president of the company and talk to him for about 45 minutes before I made the decision to put my official two weeks in and leave. (I put my unofficial two weeks in via my mind a long time before that but as many of you will know, that’s a quick route out of the comfort zone, and we love our comfort zone.)
I explained to him my concerns, my reasons for having this need to leave the company. I talked with him about the frustrations I was experiencing within that job before making the final decision to leave.
He also let me know about what was going on within the company. He explained his personal frustrations with the company itself, one of which was not knowing what to do with a handful of his team.
But he didn’t have to explain in detail what those frustrations were about his team. I already saw them personally.
Lack of motivation kept them from striving beyond what they do. There was no drive.
The work area was filled with this sense of deep negativity from start to finish. The moment people clocked in, they were ready to leave.
Clock out lines formed faster than your favorite concert in town.
That’s scary. But its true. Maybe this sounds familiar within your organization. This is something I’ve been wanting to write for you for a while.
Here are five powerful ways for you to turn your team into an asset.
Keep a positive atmosphere
It’s important to always encourage a positive-working atmosphere. Because if it’s not positive, it’s negative. Nothing in between.
One way to do this is to make sure you let your team know how much you appreciate them.
In meetings, go around and mention to each of your team members something you appreciate them for, or something they did.
Teach your team about having a positive attitude. This is one of the single most important aspects, so it’s important that your team resonates a positive attitude.
Whenever there is a win, celebrate it with them. Let them know how good of a job they are doing.
Get rid of negativity
Getting rid of negativity is just as important as promoting positivity.
I mean, you wouldn’t let me dump a pile of garbage in your living room, would you? I’d like to think not.
Sometimes when there are no other options, you are left with getting rid of negativity.
If you don’t, it’s sure to spread like a wildfire that you won’t be able to control.
If you have someone on your team that constantly bad mouths, has bad habits, or just brings the whole moral down, it’s time to let them go. There is no benefit in keeping someone like that.
It’s possible to create a turn-around by helping them replace negative with positive, but they will have to have the same desire as you do for this to work.
Always promote learning
If you want to grow your success in your company, your business, or even your ministry, do this:
Go beyond teaching team your team how to be successful. Teach your team in a way in which they teach each other how to be successful.
That’s a whole new level of success!
It’s important to encourage each other to constantly grow, to have a habit of daily learning and study.
Most people think that learning and study is only when you’re in school, but that’s not true.
Learning is a life-long process that should always be engaged.
It’s better to hire a new person who is willing to learn and grow than to hire someone who thinks they know it all and has no interest in furthering their knowledge.
Listen to your team
Part of being a leader is knowing how to listen to your team.
If you’re making all the decisions as a leader, you leave little room for engaging your team.
Strong leadership requires strong communication between you and your team.
If you don’t listen to your team, it’s very possible they will find someone who is wiling to invest their time to listen.
Sometimes this is how gossip starts.
If you see something concerning about a team member, approach them. In the very least, let them know that they shouldn’t hesitate to talk to you if something is bothering them or they need to tell you something.
Half the time, they won’t tell you simply because they don’t know that you’re open to hearing them.
Treat them like a team, not like employees
Part of creating a asset-based culture is treating them as more than just an employee.
To me, employee is kind of a dirty word. A word that describes someone in a low level position.
I personally never refer to anyone who works with me as an employee. If you work with me, you’re on my team.
Employees don’t always have a sense of togetherness. A lot of times, they work in a culture where they work as themselves.
A team works together. When someone wins, they all win together. When someone loses, they all learn together.
As a leader, his/her team works WITH them, not FOR them. This is a higher level of leadership that many still have ways to go. (But its possible!)
Keep growing yourself as a leader
I think this one is one of the most important points, and one of the most widely missed points of growing a team to be an asset.
A leader is always growing and learning. They’re always in a stage of personal development.
If your cup is empty, nothing will come out when you try to pour from it. This is the EXACT same scenario when you try to give to your team.
Your team is highly dependent on you being able to lead them towards victory.
To lead your team to victory, you have to know how to get there. And this requires constant growth.
If you got to this point and you know you’re in a learning slump, let me point you in a few helpful directions:
Begin investing in books within your industry. Amazon is a terrific resource to load up on good books. Click here read my personal list of books I highly recommend everyone should read.
I personally buy from Amazon, as well as their kindle format, but I also love visiting my local used bookstore.
Invest in training and training seminars. Make time to be part of the class that teaches what you want to learn.
Lastly, be around others who are constantly growing and going in the direction you want to grow.
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