As your business grows, you will need to create a solid team to help nurture and increase your business success. This is a vital part of any successful business; however, it is important to note that your team is as only as good as its communication skills. This is particularly important when working with a virtual team. I don’t have to tell you that getting your point across via email or text message can be a lot harder than doing so in person. Working on communication skills is one of the best things you can do for your team and the overall success of your business. Here’s why.
Communicating effectively means there’s less going back and forth explaining and or clarifying what needs to get done. This means that the work gets done faster. When communication is effective it also means that the work gets done right and the way you need it to be done. As a businesswoman who works with a virtual team, I am here to tell you that it starts with you. Make sure you are crystal clear about the scope of work and who is responsible for doing specific tasks. Including a timeline of when tasks are to be completed provides clearer communication and will help increase productivity. Letting your team know what needs to be done, and when tasks are due will help tremendously.
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You Don’t Have To Play “MiddleWoman”
How much time and mental energy do you spend each day being the “go-between” for different members of your team? It might be a lot more than you think. Encouraging your team members to talk to each other instead of going through you for everything will not only save you a lot of time, it also keeps you from having to keep mental tabs on everything that’s going on. You don’t need to be aware of every single step and every single little problem that arises -- somethings should be able to be handled by your team without your involvement.
This is a side note example, but I recall watching an award show and one of my favorites artists, Smokey Robinson was accepting an award. During his acceptance speech he also thanked his wife and referred to her as his "goalie" -- I love that. It truly paints a picture of her standing in the gap; saving him from having to deal with every single issue or curve ball life might throw his way. The same should be the true with your team.
In the end, all you really need to be concerned about is getting the revenue generating product. Yes, you want to know if there are serious issues, or if something will cause a delay that might affect a launch, but you don’t need to know about all the little stuff that can be ironed out by your team.
It Bonds and Strengthens Your Team!
All of this will of course also lead to a team that works better together and gets stuff done. And that’s the big end goal, isn’t it? An effective team will help your business tremendously!
So, make it easy for your team to communicate and encourage them to talk to each other; help each other and get to know each other on a more personal level as well. A team that communicates well will become more productive and able to take more tasks off your hands – allowing you to focus on exploring new ideas and growing the business.
Are you a businesswoman who has a team? Share with us your tips and experience of working with your team. How do you ensure that they are maintaining clear communication to create success in your business?