A business is only as successful as those carrying out its day-to-day activities. How do you make sure you have the right team in place? We’ll cover that topic below, along with the ActionCOACH process for recruiting winners to your company.
How to Build a Great Team
Are you working with a great team that you can depend on? You’ll know if you can spot these four traits:
- Transparency. Great teams talk to each other. We don’t just mean exchanging pleasantries and updates on their home life. Team members let each other know what they’re working on, the current status of each project, and where they may need help at a certain point in the process. There are a lot of software programs out there that can help facilitate this kind of project awareness so that no one is caught off guard when their expertise is needed to help a project meet its deadline.
- Accountability. A team is more than the sum of its parts. It’s also only as good as its weakest link. Great teams depend on individual and team responsibility to achieve departmental and company goals. Everyone must take responsibility for knowing what they need to do for the team to be successful. If you have to micromanage employees to make sure they are doing what needs to be done, a change may be imminent.
- Ambition. Companies don’t succeed and grow by being complacent. When people own what they do and what they want to achieve, you’ve got the recipe for success. That ambition can express itself in many ways: helpful insight into achieving a goal; bringing a project in under deadline and under budget; exceeding customer expectations with the early launch of a new product. Teams that are ambitious are always looking out for ways to improve.
- Teamwork. High-value employees work well with the teams to which they are assigned, as well as with other teams that they rely on to see a project through to fruition – for example, products development teams and go-to-market teams. People who are willing to work together are better equipped to resolve conflicts and support one another so that the tasks and projects remain the top priority.
If there are gaps in your team, here are some tips for recruiting winners with your job ads:
- Be specific. The more detailed you are about the responsibilities of the position, the more likely you will weed out those unqualified or uninterested in the position. You’ll also attract those who excel at what you are looking to accomplish.
- Write the way you speak. Corporate-speak and industry jargon in a job ad are a sure way to turn off a lot of candidates who might be ideal for the position.
- Include contact information. Job ads will include buttons that link to forms for submitting applications. However, you should also include an email contact that job seekers can connect with if they have questions about the position. Answering those questions can help clarify whether the job is right for them, and help them put their best foot forward in their cover letter.
The ActionCOACH Recruitment Process
Your first step to recruiting a dream team is to share your business philosophy and mission statement. By being clear on what you do and why you do it, you will attract those who share those same values and drive.
Once you know what you stand for and how you want your business to accomplish its goals, you will be able to evaluate candidates for positions throughout your company. The interview process should be one that brings together those who share the same ideals, ethics, culture, and passion that you articulated in your vision statement.
By using the DISC system, you can determine a person’s strengths and weaknesses, and set them up for success based on those outcomes.
The DISC system divides personality types into four distinct groupings and identifies them by the letters “D”, “I”, “S”, and “C” – which form the acronym. Each letter represents a corresponding category:
- D – Dominant
- I – Influential
- S – Steady
- C – Compliant
By pairing these four traits, the assessment comes up with four distinct groups of behavioral styles:
When you understand how a combination of personalities can work together, you’ll be able to build a team in which each person can fully use their strengths and find support for their weaknesses. We can help you understand how to include a DISC evaluation as part of your recruitment process.
Work with the Experts in Business Coaching
ActionCOACH Tampa Bay offers a variety of services that will help you along this journey to building a great team. We recognize that successful businesses need strong leadership. We’ll help you develop the skills you need to be an outstanding leader to every person and team in your company. Our training includes:
- Business coaching
- Executive coaching
- Team training
- Strategic planning
Explore each of our services and how you can use them to improve your business and take it to a higher level of achievement.