The only way to grow a business is to build a better team. As you grow, you are still only one person, and no matter how hard you try, you can’t do everything by yourself. So if you plan on owning a business someday, or if you already do, here are three ways you can begin building a better team right now:
First, duplicate yourself.
The way that some people lead is to hold onto power and keep their secrets for themselves and a select few. This is a “me” mentality. You can see that someone possesses this mentality when they only talk about their own successes. Many people aren’t putting up with this mentality, which is a good thing. True leaders who care about the success of others, show their secrets, so that others can become better leaders, too. This is a “we” mentality. You can see that someone has adopted this mentality when they care about the success of others. As a result, these leaders duplicate themselves repeatedly, until every position is filled and their business is operating in optimum efficiency. This is the power of duplication.
Second, give more freedom in the workplace.
Your team needs to know that you trust them, and there is no better way to show trust to a team than to give them freedom. They need freedom to try new things, but what they don’t need is someone dictating their every move. Teams don’t need more puppets, but what they do need are people who can think for themselves. Creativity is a lost art in most workplaces, and we need the courage to bring it back. It is only creativity that makes things better than they currently are. This courage that allows others to make mistakes is a form of bravery that needs to be pursued, and it begins with giving people more freedom. They need it, you need it, and your company needs it.
Third, turn everything you can into a system.
The less things you and your team have to think about, the better. This frees up time, and gives you more space to put your focus on more important things. Another great thing about systems is that if you and your team repeatedly perform them, the actions will eventually become habitual. And when new people join your team, you can show them the system, and let them adopt them as habit, as well.
This being said, your focus should be to make every system better. When you do this, you will get better results from focusing on the entire process. So the question is, what can you turn into a system that you haven’t already?