Are you having difficulty staying energized and motivated? We tend to feel the most energized when our vision is clear and we have wins to celebrate. Here are a few ideas to keep you motivated.
1.) Create team goals.
When your entire team is bought into your company's vision, your A-Players will step up and truly lead. They will find opportunities for improvement and truly take on ownership of the overall success of the business. The key is for the business owner to have a heightened awareness of their leadership. As you begin to step out of the day-to-day, setting goals (for A-Players to track, lead, and report on) will maintain a well-oiled machine and provide you data to advise and hold accountability at a higher level.
2.) Delegate and Celebrate.
In order to grow your business, you'll need more “thinking time”. If we are constantly in the weeds, our vision becomes murky and we quickly feel that dread of overwhelm. Identifying the right people for the right job, means we are creating a culture of a true team. As we review individual talents, interests, and professional/life goals, we have a unique opportunity to utilize our employee's talents for so many win-wins. Ask them—individuals and/or the entire team—how they would like to celebrate meeting goals. You'll be surprised that the answer isn't always a raise! Sometimes it's an event, or something as simple as a paid day off, or a gift card.
3.) Recite your Immutable Laws Regularly.
Are you beginning each meeting with a quick review of your immutable laws? When conflict arises, are you easily able to recite them? Are they printed and displayed wherever possible? Are you using them as a decision-making model for new business opportunities, hiring processes, strategic partnerships, and the like? If you are, GREAT! If you aren't, then be sure to find ways you can incorporate these immutable laws into your regular operations. It will take some of the stress and thinking out of the backend of decision-making— allowing more energy for innovation, leadership, and growth.
4.) Ask for Feedback and Reflect.
Find an appropriate and consistent time to ask for feedback from your team. This could be in the form of a survey, group conversation, secret ballot box, or individual coaching session. Take time away from the office to truly reflect on the feedback and return to your team with acknowledgements that they've been heard and that their thoughts are valued. Additionally, you'll want to bring a few solutions to the table that you can implement immediately and list our a few others you may want to tackle in the future.
Then, hold yourself accountable and present a plan of action. Committees within the team are also a great way to get things accomplished while creating a winning and collaborative environment. What does this do? It allows your employees to elevate the business under your leadership and vision, but with more independence; thereby giving them more buy-in and ownership into building a sustainable and great place to work!
5.) Revisit Your Personal Vision.
As your business grows, you may find yourself being further defined by this entity you've created. You are allowed to be proud of what you built! But, a warning! If you have lost sight of your personal vision for your life, you may have also lost sight of the fact that this product of yours is a creation of you.
Our mission at Tap the Potential is for all entrepreneurs to take a 4 Week Vacation™ . At our annual client retreat, Breakthroughs on the Bayou, we encourage our attendees to “Take the Pledge”. It's more than taking a vacation, it's about refueling our souls. Taking time away from our business, also means that we've done our due diligence to get systems and people in place to allow us to not manage every detail. Can you imagine this? Leaving the business without even checking in for FOUR WHOLE WEEKS? It can be done. And, I'm proof! Ask me more! I can connect you with others who have taken the pledge as well.
Don't forget the atomic force that you are.
You started this business. Out of nothing, you created this. So, recharge: not just once a year, but daily. Find little ways to let go so innovation can enter. Find regular ways to get back to you.
For more ideas on how you can create a profitable, great place to work, check out the How to Hire the Best Series (Rural Business and Contractors Editions available now.) Stay tuned for Fall 2020 for the Entrepreneur's Edition!
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