Fostering an Epedemic of Enthusiasm
As a business owner and as talented as you are, you’ll notice over time that your employees will not be as dedicated and enthusiastic to the same degree that you are. Those who share your drive may leave at some point and launch their own business. Your job as the business owner and the face of the business is to maintain a sufficiently high level of ambition among your staff. This task is no walk in the park, but most driven businesspeople can complete this task more effectively than traditional managers.
Your business is essentially a team, and nothing should be done without your team. Choosing the right people and building a team to work with you is one of the most difficult tasks that every business owner has to take on.The key to assembling the right team is to find people that are opposite of you, because those who are qualified like you are more than likely to find their own route through starting their business. These same people are also much harder to retain.
You need people who understand your business, but also bring their own basket of skills and knowledge.
TEAM ASSEMBLING FORMULA
Assembling an exceptional team and providing them with the necessary environment to share their ideas can be a critical part between the success and failure of your business. Unfortunately there is no one successful formula or path to follow in building an A-Team.
If you talk to any successful business owner, they’ll tell you if they had one piece of advice to help those assemble their team it would be to trust your instinct. If you trust your instinct, you’ll be successful at uncovering hidden talent. And as the years go on, you’ll become better and better at finding hidden talent.
KEY CHARACTERISTICS OF HIDDEN TALENT
You’ve heard of people talk about someone who’s text book smart and someone who’s street smart. Which are you? Do you want to hire someone who’s text book smart or his counter part? People who are text book smart believe that every business resolution resides in a text book. Maybe that works for your business, but certainly wouldn’t work for mine.
I much more prefer people who think outside of the box. The hustlers of the game, and the same people who are real by accepting that life remains unpredictable and challenging at times.
When bullets are flying, they’re the ones who remain calm and collected under pressure by finding ways to navigate through a sticky situation vs. trying to figure out what kind of bullets they are and assembling a plan on how to stop the bullets. Reality of business is that most of the time there is no time to assemble a plan, and an immediate reaction is necessary.
WHAT IS ENTHUSIASM?
Woody Allen once said that 80% of success consists of showing up – being there to get the job done when the opportunity presents it self. However, you as the business owner need to create an environment so that employees want to show up because they want to, and not because they have to in order to build a paycheck for the week.
Enthusiasm is contagious. There’s nothing like an epidemic of it sweeping through a company to help ensure success in almost any situation.Enthusiasm is also a key characteristic of every entrepreneur, and anyone lacking enthusiasm to build a business from the ground up is not a true entrepreneur in essence.
HOW TO SPREAD ENTHUSIASM
The simplest way to spread enthusiasm is never to ask anyone to do something that you’re not prepared to do your self. You lead by example. If you ask your sales staff to sell $50,000 worth of business this month, you need to be prepared to sell $60,000 worth of your business. Again, you set the example for others.
Everybody wants to belong to something larger than themselves. It’s the basis of family loyalty. Building enthusiasm through promoting a family environment and us-against-the-world attitude. Spin different stories on the competition and what they possibly might be saying against your company.
Creating a sense of pride within your small business, home business or even if you’re a bigger corporation is key to getting everyone on board. The key is not to force your employees, but create an environment they are proud of the place where they work.
I always found if funny when small business owners print job tittles on their business cards. Its a showoff tactic if you ask me. A small business that doesn’t have the titles labeled on the business card shows that anyone can do any job, is willing and able to. Everyone is willing to do whatever it takes to get the job done, management or not.
Does your employer print job titles on the company business cards?