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A Company is a Team.
If you don't have a team, one that employees feel a part of, I got news for you: You don't have a business, you just have a burden on your shoulders. The company will only run on your stamina, and the moment you run out of steam, well, so does your company. The team is so critical to the success of any business, that I am dedicating this entire Post to it.
Clarity is Priceless!
You run the business, you have the vision, and you know what it is that you need at every step of the venture, yet there are times that the task at hand is fuzzy. If the picture is not clear to you, it certainly won't make sense for your team members who are looking to you for leadership. Be ultra clear on what you expect. A well-defined complicated task will be better executed than an unclear simple task.
Be Brave - Admit your mistakes
Traditionally, there has been a need for a leader to always be right. If leaders made a mistake, they would not admit it in fear that they would no longer be looked up to. Simply put, this tradition is passe. Your willingness to admit wrong will allow your team to openly bring the flaws of your plan to your attention without the fear of persecution. After all, that's what the team is there for, to help you succeed. Admit your mistakes, it is the ultimate win-win.
Run an Open Company
Office politics is a disease that cuts right into any company's productivity. One of the most effective methods of eliminating it, is running an open company. There is nothing worse than a half heard conversation. The issue is that people often assume the worst for the other half that they did not hear. So in the tradition of clarity being priceless and building a team, share everything with your employees. We at InfoStreet share everything except individual remuneration, since most people like that piece to be kept private.
When you hire employees, you should hire those that you feel will be a part of your team for 3 or more years. Employees that have a short stint with you get trained by you but will take the first job that pays a tad better. To battle this, I have come up with a motto which I religiously follow:
The satisfaction of an employee is governed by 3 Gs:
|Green||How much you pay them.|
|Growth||How much they learn and experience while a part of your team.|
|Glory||How much personal satisfaction and credit they receive working for your company.|
Provide a decent pay. Not a low pay, not the highest on the block either; Give your employees the chance to express themselves; Encourage them to grow personally and help you grow; Give them the credit for the success and you will create a pleasant, healthy environment; And that is the number one requirement for success!
Siamak Farah is the CEO of InfoStreet. InfoStreet is a Cloud app provider that offers SkyDesktop, a free patent-pending Cloud Desktop; SkyAppMarket, an app marketplace where a business can choose from the best Cloud apps in the market; and SkySingleSignOn, a federated login solution and network management tool. Together they provide all the files and applications a company needs to run their business in the Cloud. Try SkyDesktop and SkyAppMarket by visiting https://www.skydesktop.com or by calling 1-866-956-5051 for more information.