Join Simon T. Bailey for an in-depth discussion in this video Performing a SWOT analysis of your team, part of Building Business Relationships.
Imagine you are approaching an intersection. You see a traffic light giving you signals when to go, slow down or stop. Wouldn't it be nice to have the same thing with your employees? Letting you know when to move forward, when to slow down and when to stop and provide a teaching moment. Your team's core provides you signals when and how to motivate and inspire. CORE stands for Creativity, Opportunities, Resiliency and Environment.
Here's how you implement it. First, meet each team member individually and identify their areas of creativity. Find out what makes them passionate and inspired, and seek to challenge them to break the status quo of how things are normally done. Second, look for opportunities for change. These are tasks or areas which do not excite them, are avoided, take longer than necessary, and are completed only because it's a requirement of their job.
These tasks are sometimes necessary, but maybe you can reassign portions of the workload to other team members. Third, Resiliency. Determine how they bounce back from challenges, and coach them on what they did well and what they should do better. This will enable them to overcome obstacles in the workplace. And fourth, environment is about creating a setting that allows people to be brilliant. Find ways for people to be effective, productive, and relevant in the organization.
Create a plan to develop an employee's creativity and appropriately manage the areas they may fall short. For example, when you need to assign a task which is highly detailed and needs to be completed quickly, determine which team member gains energy from these tasks. You may have a person who enjoys tasks which require attention to detail, but works at a slow pace, and another who's energized by fast-paced projects.
Is there an opportunity to develop each employee, or could both work together to share skills with each other? Developing employees through skill sharing achieves two desired outcomes. Number one, if a person is unavailable due to sickness or another assignment, the team is not lacking because there are skills to cover that area. Number two, when you have a team that understands each other's core, it allows them to transfer knowledge from one employee to the next.
Transferring knowledge enriches the team by creating questions, giving feedback on performance, and assessing what was learned, to develop strategies going forward. Understanding the core and sharing knowledge among team members allows you to leverage all the attributes of your team.
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- Understanding the four key business relationships
- Building relationships in person and virtually
- Supporting your manager's objectives
- Articulating your needs to your manager
- Managing up
- Communicating with difficult team members
- Resolving cross-department conflict
- Identifying mentors and sponsors
- Making first impressions with executives<br><br>
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