Your 10 Point Guide for Choosing an Effective Small Business Team Player
It is no longer rocket-science that having your small businesses rely mostly on the efforts of a single super-human individual is not the way to go. Such a business would struggle and probably not survive for long. The DIY entrepreneur who find it difficult to delegate work to others will likely suffer burnout.
But how do you know who to trust to truly deliver the job? What you need is a reliable guide on how to choose the best members for your organization’s business team. Technical qualifications apart, what other skills must these people possess to increase their chances of bringing your small business great benefits rather than detriment?
In this article we reveal 10 characteristics that indicate your team players are likely to be strong performers. Use these precious attributes to choose your own small business team, as you continue to journey toward Financial Freedom. Here are our recommendations.
1) Demonstrates reliability. You can count on a reliable team member who get work done and does his fair share to work hard and meet commitments. He or she follows through on assignments. Consistency is key. You can count on him or her to deliver good performance all the time, not just some of the time.
2) Communicates constructively. Teams need people who speak up and express their thoughts and ideas clearly, directly, honestly, and with respect for others and for the work of the team. That’s what it means to communicate constructively. Such a team member does not shy away from making a point but makes it in the best way possible — in a positive, confident, and respectful manner.
3) Listen actively. Good listeners are essential for teams to function effectively. Teams need team players who can absorb, understand, and consider ideas and points of view form other people without debating and arguing every point. Such a team member also can receive criticism without reacting defensively. Most important, for effective communication and problem solving, team members need the discipline to listen first and speak second so that meaningful dialogue results.
4) Functions as an active participant. Good team players are active participants. They come prepared for team meetings and listen and speak up in discussions They’re fully engaged in the work of the team and do not sit passively on the sidelines Team members who function as active participants take the initiative to help make things happen, and they volunteer for assignments. Their whole approach is can-do: “What contribution can I make to help the team achieve success?”
5) Shares openly and willingly. Good team players share. They’re willing to share information, knowledge, and experience. They take the initiative to keep other team members informed. Much of the communication within teams takes place informally. Beyond discussion at organized meetings, team members need to feel comfortable talking with one another and passing along important news and information day-to-day. Good team players are active in this informal sharing. They keep other team members in the loop with information and expertise that helps get the job done and prevents surprises.
6) Cooperates and pitches in to help. Cooperation is the act of working with others and acting together to accomplish a job. Effective team players work this way by second nature. Good team players, despite differences they may have with other team members concerning style and perspective, figure out ways to work together to solve problems and get work done. They respond to requests for assistance and take the initiative to offer help.
7) Exhibits Teams often deal with changing conditions. — and often create changes themselves. Good team players roll with the punches, they adapt to ever-changing situations. They don’t complain or get stressed out because something new is being tried or some new direction is being set in addition, a flexible team member can consider different points of views and compromise when needed. He or she does not hold rigidly to a point of view and argue it to death. Strong team players are firm in their thoughts yet open to what others have to offer-flexibility at its best.
8) Shows commitment to the team. Strong team players care about their Work, the team, and the team’s work. They show up every day with this care and commitment up front. They want to give a good effort, and they want other team members to do the same.
9) Works as a problem solver. Teams, of course, deal with problems. Sometimes, it appears, that’s the whole reason why a team is created — address problems. Good team players are willing to deal with all kinds of problems in a solutions-oriented, manner. They are problems-solvers not problem-dwellers, problem-blamer or problem-avoiders. Team players get problems out in the for discussion and then collaborate with others to find solutions and form action plans.
10) Treats others in a respectful and supportive manner. Team payers treat fellow team members with courtesy and consideration — not just some of the time but consistently. In addition, they show understanding and the appropriate support of other team members to help get the job done. Good team players also have a sense of humor and know how to have fun (and all teams can use a bit of both), but they don’t have fun at someone Else’s expense. Quite simply; effective team players deal with other people in a professional manner. Team players who show commitment don’t come in any particular style or personality. They don’t need to be rah-rah, cheerleader types. In fact they may even be soft-spoken, but they aren’t passive. They care about what the team is doing and they contribute to its success — without needing a push.
Team players with commitment look beyond their own piece of the work and care about the team’s overall work. In the end, their commitment is about winning — not in the sports sense of beating your opponent but about seeing the team succeed and knowing they have contributed to this success. Winning as a team is one of the great motivators of employee performance. Good team players have a show this motivation.