We talk a lot about ‘team management’, but sometimes forget about the key elements that make those teams: the individuals. It is sheer logic: if individuals improve, the quality of their team work will multiply exponentially.
Less management and more training
When we learn new skills our self-esteem rises and our performance improves amazingly. Start by running one of those life-changing meetings and shake your team up with training:
- What areas do you work on? Make a chart illustrating what areas you work on and which ones you could be trained in to improve your team management.
- ‘Who’ is going to study ‘What’? Take into consideration what roles and functions are performed by everyone, but also their likes and interests. Find the right balance between obligation and passion.
- Who will be in charge? If you already have someone in charge of your team’s training programme, then… problem solved; otherwise, if a team member is interested in learning how to manage this kind of programmes, let them take the role.
- How will it be done? Once we know what each one is going to do, it’s time to do some research on courses, materials and resources available. Major advantage? New technologies make it possible for teams to have quality training for little money (or even at no cost at all).
- How long? At first, you should devote to it only half an hour a day and then increase it up to one hour. Let everyone decide what time of day is best for them, and then write everything down on a calendar displayed somewhere in a common area.
- After one month, your first assessment. Just to check that your plan is working as expected, dedicate one day to have every team member explaining what they have learnt to the others. When? The initial assessment, at the end of the first month; after that, you can do it every two or three months.
- Resource bank. Create a resource bank that you can all share. In the future, it will help team members to learn new skills, do different courses, etc.
As Jim Cathcart says, if you spend a few years studying a subject (let’s say between half an hour and an hour a day), you will most likely become one of the best experts in your country.
Luckily, we’re not all the same…
…and, for the same reason, there are different kinds of learners and many different ways of learning, and all of them are valid. If you want to know more about this, you can start by taking a look at this ’14 ways to acquire knowledge’ list published by James Mangan back in 1936.
Can you imagine managing a team you have empowered so much that every member are the best version of themselves? Start improving their self-esteem by helping them to get a better training, and that fantasy will become a sweet reality.
And if you don’t know where to start and need us to lend a hand, don’t think twice. Try Kiply and discover what it can do for your team.