It’s a standard law of nature that where there is no growth things become stagnant. This is true in the organisational environment as well. Personal and team growth is critical and without it, work becomes mundane and businesses get left behind as the ‘competition’ moves ahead.
Of course we’re not referring here to growth in the sense of size, but more so in the sense of professional and team development. One of the top reasons employees leave organisations is a lack of professional development, so maintaining a competitive advantage prevents attrition and attracts talent.
By helping team members develop the right level of technical confidence, they can achieve their professional goals and influence outcomes, both internally and externally with affected stakeholders.
And the subject of professional development shouldn’t just be held during position interviews or during a performance review process. Ongoing conversations about strengths and goals are vital for individual and team development.
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Here are some tips to ensure growth and development is ongoing and to prevent stagnation in your team.
- Provide positive and public feedback: acknowledging team members’ strengths publicly is key.
- Improve work processes: Processes don’t just improve efficiency but they also free up time for team members to take on more challenging tasks and opportunities.
- Communicate performance goals: Communicate goals clearly and encourage feedback to ensure the goals are challenging enough to encourage growth but not so challenging as to foster stress and disappointment.
- ‘Organise’ growth: Have processes in place that organise, monitor and celebrate growth at the individual and collective levels.
- Accept feedback: As a people leader it is your role to process feedback without taking it on as personal criticism. Honest feedback and mature acceptance is an opportunity for growth of both parties involved.
- Encouraging growth: Michelle’s seven easy strategies for encouraging growth in teams.
- Develop and delegate: Provide team members with vision and direction so that the growth is purposeful rather than for its own sake.
This week on our podcast we address the subject of growth in the context of our High-Performing Team Indicator Tool.
And if you have any questions about growth and development of your team, email us and let us know as we’d love to answer it.
Maintaining a competitive advantage prevents attrition and attracts talent