Saturday, November 22, 2014

Prepare Your Team for Victory

Has your company recently experienced a setback or struggled in a certain area? Most organizations experience highs, but must also deal with the lows – it’s a little thing called “adjusting” which can improve their overall performance. If your business kept doing the same thing, they would keep getting the same results. If it’s working – great! But, if it’s not, we need to make some changes. But how?

With Thanksgiving less than a week away, I can’t help but think of football. A group of 11 guys on each side are battling to score the most points to win the game. If you don’t play football, you can always participate in a Fantasy Football league. It’s a great way to build and sharpen useful life skills like: preparation, research, strategy, and risk. You can’t win a season, by ignoring your team. You must constantly check up on your team and make weekly adjustments.

Let’s look at Fantasy Football as a model for building a winning team. Follow these steps and apply them to your “real” working team, and see positive results.

Hire the right people. Did I say hire the best people? No, because you can’t always afford to hire the best, but you can ask the right questions in an interview, which can lead to the future star. In Fantasy Football, we start each season with a draft. During this step, we pick each individual player for our team, but we must do our research before the draft to build a successful team. All the top players get picked by the competing teams in the first few rounds, so you need to do some digging to find the “diamonds in the rough” in the later rounds.

Always look to improve your current team. Are some members of your team, holding you back from peak performance? Have a conversation with them and let them know your expectations. If they don’t improve in the coming weeks, you need to make some adjustments to your team. In Fantasy Football, you are only as good as your team. If certain players are constantly getting injured or are consistently performing below expectations, your team will suffer some losses in the standings. You need to drop the underachievers and pick up some new hungry talent on the waiver wire. This will ignite some energy on your team and help you win some games.

“Football teaches you hard work. It takes a lot of unspectacular preparation to have spectacular results in both business and football.” – Roger Staubach

The best companies don’t rest on their laurels. They are constantly improving and always searching for the “right” talent to create a winning team. It’s easy to be complacent and sit back, but if are willing do your research, prepare and take some risks, you can compete with the best of them.

As a Professional Organizer, Speaker, Author, Podcast Producer & Host, Rick Woods helps residents and businesses make room for clarity, by getting rid of the clutter that gets in their way.

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