If you lead a team, are a part of a team, or want to increase your personal performance, here are the 5-main areas I’ve learned as a 27-year, five-time business owner that support us in working collaboratively, finding our creativity and increasing our performance.
1. Vision & Values
Vision: Clarity precedes awareness, and awareness precedes making better choices.
Establishing a clear vision of where you want to go and grow your business or career is how you’ll know what to focus on, when, and WHY.
So often we feel we don’t have the ‘luxury’ to slow down and make sure where we’re heading is in fact, where we want to go. If you don’t know where you’re heading, how will you know what to focus on? How will you know what to have your teams focus on?
Values: Our Vision is where we’re heading. Our Values are what help us to get there.
Choose five specific values that embody the essence of the business or career you’re building. Take a look at where your values are present in, or absent from, your choices and direction of your business or career (…and relationships).
Ask yourself, how do you embody these value in your choices and actions each day?
Values hold us to a different standard for managing our time and achieving our vision.
2.Culture & Leadership
An interesting statistic: 75% of employees say their boss is the most stressful part of their job. According to Gallup, people leave bosses, not companies (unless the company is promoting that type of leadership).
How you lead your team will impact their productivity, collaboration, innovation, and your bottom line.
Be clear on the culture and leadership style in your business. If you don’t understand your own culture, how will you know how to hire the right people to fit into it?
3. Time & Energy Management
So many people come to me saying they have difficulty managing their time. I’d say it’s right up there in the top 1-3 struggles that trip most people up on their way to success (..to be clear, success according to what it is for them, not what others need, expect or want for/from them).
I say it’s not time management; it’s priority management. We cannot go horizontal and vertical at the same time. If you have more than 1 or 2 priorities, you don’t have priorities; you have a to-do list (one that is probably not closely aligned with specific goals or your vision).
Having a clear vision helps you cut away the non-essentials and focus on your long-term vision which will minimize ‘issues’ with time management.
Be aware of how your energy is impacting your team, your clients, your environment in your business…and adjust accordingly.
4. Systems & Quantification
It’s about creating a well-oiled machine, not reinventing the wheel. Establish systems around what you repeatedly do so you can focus on what it takes to achieve your vision, and not feel like it’s Groundhog Day…again.
Once you have your systems in place, you can then quantify your efforts. Is that marketing strategy you have in place working, is there a glitch somewhere in the implementation of it? Does the system for onboarding new clients work efficiently, or is it missing a step?
5. Accountability & Implementation
Accountability is something many of my clients want (and need). Someone to hold their vision up for them to see, and keep directing them back to it with each choice.
Here’s the thing, we’re more apt to let ourselves down, but we are far less likely to let our team down.
Working together, collaborating, inviting conversation…moving out of our silos and into a community that supports us and holds us accountable to our vision, and the vision of the team, is what motivates us to get into action, implement, succeed, and support each other.
One more thing, keep the Law of Linkage in mind…link ALL your choices, actions, and communication back to your vision and values of who you want to be and the business or career you desire to build, and you won’t go wrong.
I’d love to hear from you. What supports you in creating a high-performance team? Could you use some help clarifying your vision, establishing your culture and leading your team? Let’s set up a time to chat, I’d love to support you. Click Here to schedule a Clarity Call.