Friday Tips: 10 Ways to Enhance the Talent of Your Employees (Part 2)
Welcome back for part two of ways to enhance the talent of your employees! Last week I touched on 5 ways that you can bring out the best in your whole team whether they are a top performer, or still a novice. As a leader you will have to learn to help and develop all team members including the naturally talented, the hard-working, and the seemingly lackadaisical members of your team.
This week, I want to dig a little deeper with 5 more tips to enhance your employees and bring out the best in them at the workplace. These tips can be used for all members of your team.
- Spread credit fairly: All of your employees bring something unique to the team and we often forget to give credit to all members of our team, or any credit at all. Often times we get wrapped up in things that have gone wrong, and don’t focus enough on things that have gone well. Once a year performance reviews are not the only time to give one of your team members a pat on the back. Remember as a leader to praise and give credit your team members when credit is due, and make sure it is not centered on just one top performer.
- Inspire, don’t intimidate: As a boss we have to remind ourselves sometimes not to get too “bossy”. Remember to keep a good balance between demands and motivation. Your team will look to you first for inspiration especially in stressful times.
- Understand your own biases: One of the most important parts of being a boss is knowing yourself. We talked last week about sharing your weaknesses and strengths, now we need you to also understand your biases especially those that will affect your team. We all like to think that we are objective and open-minded, but that is not always the case. Each of us has certain attitudes that prevent us from seeing the truth. The better we understand them, the more likely we are to make adjustments.
- Be simple and clear: Too many leaders these days feed off the power of being the boss and talk till they are blue in the face. Employees want to follow a leader who slows things down, simplifies their directions as much as possible and is repetitive. If you are confusing your employees you will lose them and therefore lose organization within your department. Try not to be contradictory, complex or confusing.
- Demonstrate belief by listening: Being a leader can get BUSY, I get that. But often times the best thing you can do to empower another person is to listen carefully and fully to their words. If you set this time aside for them, you tell that person, “You are very important to me”. And don’t just listen because I told you to, but because you are genuinely interested in what that person has to say.
Ultimately if you show a genuine interest in getting to know your team and yourself you will become a leader/manager/boss that people trust and respect. Following these simple steps can get you there and in return you will notice a huge difference in the productivity and talent of your team. That’s what I like to call a win—win situation.
Denis Coleman is the founder and CEO of Work Compass, a cloud staff performance collaboration software platform that helps teams align their efforts with strategic goals and continuously improve performance. Frustrated with the disconnect between strategy setting and day to day execution and the lack of tools available to managers to help them be great at their most important function …. Aligning their teams activities with strategic goals and actively managing for high performance Denis spent over 5 years researching strategy execution and performance management practices before founding Work Compass to create a software solution. Denis has held senior roles in Ireland, Czech Republic and North America with high performing electronics manufacturing and professional services organisations for more than 12 years. Denis has worked as Finance Director responsible for €800 million in annual revenues for Flextronics International, Key Account Manager responsible for annual revenues of more than €600 million for Dovatron International and Management Consultant for BDO one of Europe’s most successful professional services providers.