Whether your team is a sports team, a group of people at work, or the most important team your family, there is something you can learn from this. Managing a team can sometimes feel like being given a jig-saw puzzle without the vital ingredients; a picture of what it should look like, having all the pieces, and knowing where to start, but the success of your business or organization depends largely on the people that make up your team.
Whether they are salespeople, customer service representatives, executive managers or service providers, your team can make or break the success of your organization or business.
Therefore, motivating your team to continually meet and exceed goals and expectations is essential to the overall success of your organization. Now here is where the aspect of coaching comes in.
Useful Coaching Tools
Here are seven useful coaching tips that will help you keep your team motivated and working hard to achieve your organization’s goals.
- Set clear and realistic goals. The first essential step towards meeting your team’s goals and inspiring your team to participate and achieve, is to set clear and realistic goals. Set both short-term and long-term goals and build on each success as a goal is achieved.
- Clearly communicate goals and expectations. In order for your team to meet and exceed goals and expectations, they must have a solid understanding of what they are working to obtain. Clearly communicate the goals and expectations that have been established in order to set your team up for success.
- Provide all necessary tools. Morale and motivation can only get your team so far. To maintain a happy team that is motivated to work hard to achieve their goals, ensure that they have the proper tools for the job. This may include equipment, training, supplies, support or coaching.
- Use work plans. Work plans are incredibly effective tools that act both as to do lists complete with goals and deadlines, and well-organized agendas for follow up meetings and check-ins.
- Stay connected and follow up. Schedule regular check-ins with each team member, as well as the whole team. This is a great way to help team members maintain accountability to the team, as well as an easy way to immediately discover if anyone is falling behind on their responsibilities or facing challenges that need to be addressed.
- Involve your team setting goals and creating work plans. There is no better way to establish ownership of goals and expectations than to involve your team in setting the goals and establishing the expectations that they will then work together to meet.
- Celebrate successes and use incentives. Celebrate both individual and team successes whenever goals are met or exceeded. Incentives can range from small gifts or public praise, to workplace perks and recognition. Incentives don’t have to be expensive to show your team that you appreciate them and that their efforts are noticed.
- An excellent outline of coaching effectively can be found in this video:
With these simple tips you are sure to find that keeping your team inspired and motivated is an easy and worthwhile endeavor to achieving any set goals, Coaches are there not to make your work a little difficult just because you have either an attitude problem or not much a performer. They’re the guides who will help you perform as hard as you can possibly can. You’ll do them proud one of these days, as well as yourself.