11 September 2018
I was asked this question by @realmarketbe on Twitter recently and it inspired this week’s podcast. It’s hugely important to take the time to think about how you run a business. This question made me do just that.
Chatting with my team about this, I realised that it all comes down to one thing: confidence. When you show confidence in other people, they naturally feel more confident within themselves. There’s nothing more empowering than knowing that someone has confidence in you.
For me, this comes down to helping people within the team to understand the role that they play within the goals of the overall business.
Climbing a mountain – a step at a time
Imagine you’re climbing a mountain – that’s your goal. Each team has their own responsibility to own as you head toward the summit. One team looking after supplies, one navigation, one checking the weather. Each person knows what they are doing and why that is valuable to help you collectively reach the end goal.
Now imagine no one has ownership of these roles, no one is really sure where they are heading or how. Which group is more likely to reach the summit?
Reaching a milestone in business is very much like this. When each of your teams knows what they need to do and why, the overall momentum is unstoppable!
Whilst some businesses still motivate based on fear and many still motivate with money, these are certainly not the most effective ways of helping people become successful. The real secret lies in development. I have learned over the years that development and growth is significantly more valuable to motivate yourself and those around you than money could ever be. We’re all striving to grow and evolve. The more you learn, the more you know and the more confident you are in your abilities and self.
When you combine these elements, it would be difficult for your team not to be successful!
Take a listen to the podcast over on iTunes and let me know what you think. How do you help your team grow? How do you build your own success? Share your tips in the comments below.