As a network marketing professional, you know that your team is essential to your success. You know you have to work together, delegate responsibilities and rely on each other to make projects and sales happen. But, do you know how to recognize when your team is faltering?
Learning to spot red flags that could mean your team is faltering can help you find opportunities to step in and make changes before your team, or even entire business, suffers.
In my time as a network marketing professional and a business coach, I’ve learned there are some signs that are common among faltering teams, no matter what kind of business you are in.
There is a Lack of Direction
Teams that lack direction can’t be successful. If you find that your team is drifting along aimlessly without setting goals, without defined tasks and without organization, it’s time to make a change.
If you’re the team leader, step up and take control. Regain ground by holding a meeting just for getting organized. Remind your team about your goals and assign team members specific tasks. If you aren’t the leader, express to the team leader that you don’t feel you have much direction and ask if the team can meet to get organized.
Deadlines are Being Missed
If deadlines are being missed, your team is faltering. This means you likely aren’t organized well, people don’t have the resources they need or group members aren’t sure what their responsibilities are.
First, try to identify why deadlines are flying by. Then, make procedural or group organization changes that will fix the problem so you can start getting things done on time, making it possible to grow your business and increase your income.
Projects are Falling through the Cracks
Do you find you often dream big and make plans to complete projects only to see them fall through the cracks? If you aren’t getting projects done, your team isn’t being effective.
Again, find out why things aren’t getting done and then address the issue. Maybe team members don’t know what they are responsible for, maybe goals are too ambitious and you need more time to complete tasks or maybe you lack the resources to be successful. Whatever the issue is, fix it and then focus on seeing projects through from beginning to end.
There is Contention Among Members
Do your team members get along? Of course, your group will likely have disagreements and not everyone will be best friends with everyone else, but consistent contention among group members will hold you back.
If you notice people aren’t getting along on a regular basis, your team could be headed toward problems. Focus on building unity by working together to come up with solutions, holding each other accountable and respecting each other. You may even hold some team-building events outside of work to help everyone get to know each other in a different setting where they can form camaraderie.
Outcomes are Stagnant
It’s good if your team is constantly producing at a reliable pace, but stagnant outcome levels can signify deeper problems. In other words, if you aren’t constantly improving or increasing your results, your team could use a boost.
This red flag could mean that eventually productivity will slow or that team members aren’t reaching their fullest potential. To combat this, get people excited with a new project, a different approach or a goal system that includes rewards and gets people working together to achieve more.
Enthusiasm has Run Dry
Finally, many of these issues can lead to a lack of enthusiasm. If your team members aren’t as enthusiastic as they used to be, boost their energy with team building activities, new goals, a new approach to getting things done or by changing roles around.
Boost energy by showing your own optimism and enthusiasm and being a positive leader. Your own attitude will rub off on your team members, inspiring them to rekindle their own enthusiasm.
If you recognize any of these red flags, your team could be in danger of becoming less effective and even becoming detrimental to your business. If you are interested in learning how to build a stronger team or create a business strategy that helps you increase your income, contact me.