Business Performance Thrives with Strong Teams
You’ve heard before that teamwork makes the dream work, and as cheesy as that sounds it is actually the bread and butter of any company. Although strong and clear leadership is important to help a team succeed, in the long run, it really is your team that will enhance business performance and helps yours to run its best.
A Shift in Roles
When you think of the structure of a business, generally you think of the management hierarchy:
- Top management, or the “big guys” at the top. This includes the owner, the company president/vice president, and chief executive management.
- Middle management, the type that you’re used to seeing at work: The general managers and the regional managers.
- Finally, first-line management like team leaders, office managers, and supervisors.
Although this is still a traditional way to run a business, new data is showing that effective leaders are not the ones who make the magic happen in most cases, but the smaller teams that they manage in the interim.
How You Can Empower Your Teams
Seeing a change in business performance is only as difficult as making a few tweaks here and there. As a manager, it’s up to you to create an environment that focuses on the important aspects of leadership, not simply demanding respect because your role happens to be higher than theirs. Some simple ways to help your employees feel like they’re making a difference include:
- Giving credit where credit is due. If you saw that Ashley stayed late last night working on inventory, let her know and tell her how much you appreciate her hard work. A kind word goes father than you might think.
- Team-building exercises. You probably know a slew of these but in case you don’t, check online for some great and original ideas.
- Remind everyone that you’re in this together. You’re sharing goals and are working together to achieve them, and that in itself is something to be proud of.
Out With the Old
Interestingly, some companies are changing the whole structure of the way their companies run by cutting out middle management entirely. With the aid of technology, it’s possible to have your teams connected all throughout the workday and to keep them updated in real-time. Since information so easily flows from the top of the chain directly to the people who are making use of it, what’s the point of middle management?
Let the changing structure of businesses all over the country trickle down to yours. At the end of the day, it matters less who is in charge than what is accomplished by everyone together.