3 ways to get the right personalities in the room

6 October 2015

3 min read

Have you ever wished your company had a bit more oomph?

3 ways to get the right personalities in the room (Desktop)

You seem to be doing everything right — great products, happy customers, a bottom line in the black instead of the red. The one thing that eludes you, however, is the cutting-edge cool that some brands seem to have. You know, the endless font of ideas that wells up and pours over, making the company consistently irresistible.

Being a consistently irresistible company begins with getting the right personalities in the room: your employees, who just might be your company's most under-utilised asset.

Here are some tips for ambitious businesses who want to unlock the hidden power in their teams - and unleash fierce growth.

  1. Evaluation: Uncensored

    The first step towards building a high-performing team is understanding the talents on your existing team. This calls for an uncensored evaluation of who your company already has on board.

    Bring your key managers and supervisors (perhaps even long-term employees for smaller, growing businesses) into the process. Take those key team members beyond the company walls to a "safe place" — one not burdened by listening ears or familiar day-to-day work environments — and have an open and honest discussion about the ways in which your current team members excel, and how they can improve. There are no right or wrong answers and everyone in this meeting can say anything.

    Then, discuss the ways in which they may be able to contribute beyond their existing job roles. Take into consideration their hobbies, history of suggestions for company improvement, and what other employees have to say about them.

    The goal here is to amass a database of strengths and weaknesses for each employee to help you build an efficient team, and explore new avenues for business. Bonus: Taking on new tasks can also provide your workers with fresh and challenging working environment.

    Key evaluation points:

    • Strengths
    • Weaknesses
    • Untapped talents

  2. Team: Mix It Up

    Team composition is the next step to making sure each employee on your team is fulfilling his highest potential. Each team in your company should be filled with people who challenge one another — not by shooting each other down, but by pushing each other to do better.

    Building a higher-performing team can be as simple as reassigning employees to different shifts in a retail environment to alleviate friction or inspire new conversations. In non-shift work environments, it can be as simple as changing work environments to accommodate the needs of each employee.

    Whatever is needed, let your teams lead the way. Once you put together the right combination of people by talent, personal affinity, and job function, ask them what they need to be the most productive and creative.

    Key evaluation points:

    • Do people with particular talents need to be reassigned to make the most of everyone's skill sets?
    • Do work environments need to be redesigned to boost performance and match personalities?
    • Have you created a system for regular team feedback to ensure each team has what and who they need to achieve goals?

  3. Creativity: Unleashed

    Typical work environments establish a hierarchy. This hierarchy, while beneficial to work flow and goal management, can stifle creativity. Assessing skills and building all-star teams can all be for naught if you breeze past building a culture of creativity.

    Great ideas for improving your company can come from anywhere. The receptionist sees aspects of daily operation a CEO will never see and vice versa. Make sure your talented teams have systems for spitballing ideas that are dedicated to getting more people contributing ideas. That means no shouts of "That's stupid" or "That's not your job". Instead, get all of those ideas out there without judgment (and perhaps even without the source of the idea attached, such as blind submission) and then begin the process of narrowing down.

    Key evaluation points:

    • Have you created a company-wide system for anonymous employee feedback/suggestions?
    • Do your employees understand that their ideas are valued and welcomed?
    • What improvements can we make to our team processes to ensure a judgement-free idea-submission process?

    By creating an environment where employees are working on things they love, alongside people they respect, and with the ability to share new ideas with a roomful of welcoming minds, you're creating a space for the best personalities to come together.

    Now that's an unstoppable room.

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