What’s the secret to running a successful organization? It’s effective management of people, showing that your organization cares about employees and has the best interests of its people at heart. It’s important to remember that you’re managing people, with unique personalities. Understanding the personalities of your team members will help you lead them successfully.
In most companies, employees generally fall into three main categories.
- Independent thinkers: Always up for a challenge, these employees are ready to tackle any task, no matter how complex. They’re the first to show up and the last to leave, and take on new tasks even if their schedules are full. Focused on their careers, they know that to excel they must do things that aren’t in their job description. They know how to work independently and get frustrated if they’re micromanaged; they want to be trusted to handle things on their own. Without that trust, they can’t work at their full capacity and may end up losing efficiency.
- Team players: These employees don’t function well independently, but are excellent helpers, good at solving their own piece of a puzzle. Find team members with corresponding skills, and you’ll soon have a great problem-solving group. Given the right encouragement, these players can sometimes transition into independent thinkers and team leaders.
- Clockwatchers: On every team, there are employees who complain and cannot wait to go home. They get their work done at the last minute and make everyone miserable in the process. These employees become this way because of experiences they’ve had: learn the root cause of the behavior and you’ll be able to make adjustments to help them succeed.
Your organization’s success is not just about your bottom line, but about your employees’ state of mind. Do your managers effectively understand and manage the personalities on your team? The key to successful managers is sufficient training; teaching them to manage their teams. Investing in proper training results in effective leadership, which leads to skilled employees who make your company a success.
Whether you’re training managers or the personalities they manage, you can rely on Texas Training and Conference Centers. At Texas Training and Conference Centers, we pride ourselves on providing companies with training facilities that feature high-quality equipment and exceptional service. Our computer labs and other spaces come equipped with internet accessibility, printers and fax machines, Wi-Fi setup, on-site tech support, full projection systems, workstations, whiteboards, and computers furnished with the most cutting edge technology, to make your training event a success. Soundproof rooms, continental breakfast, and optional catered lunches are just a few of the other ways we provide the little niceties that make a big difference. For the past 18 years, we’ve provided exceptional service to businesses throughout Houston, and we have the expertise to help you make your event a success. To learn more about Texas Training and Conference Centers, call us at 832.982.1708 or contact us through our website.
How do you feel about team-building? Does it make you groan just to consider that question? You’re not alone. Team-building is something that’s got a reputation for being cheesy and lame, but in fact, it’s one of the most important things you can do for your organization. How can you create experiences that actually allow you to reap the benefits of team-building?
What are the benefits, anyway? Effective team-building creates engaged employees and a cohesive company culture. It can be fun, adventurous, and enjoyable if it’s done right, and when employees have a good time as a team, they also work better as a team. That’s not just good for morale, it’s good for business.
The first step in successful team-building is creating events that don’t feel like work. If your focus is on activities that teach your team members something, your team-building won’t be as powerful. Your employees need time to share an experience or work toward a goal together so that they can connect and bond. Do something fun, unique, interesting, and maybe just a little bit outside of the team’s comfort level, whether it’s zip-lining, line dancing, or heading off to a sporting event.
Don’t be afraid to spend some money. You don’t need to take your team off on a tropical vacation or some other wildly expensive adventure, but don’t skimp, either. The money you spend on team-building isn’t a splurge, it’s an investment. Ultimately, a team that works well together will benefit your bottom line, and you’ll more than recoup your team-building money.
Finally, take the team-building energy back to work with you. Create opportunities that allow people to interact and connect, in ways that have nothing to do with your regular meetings, tasks, and presentations. Encourage team members to create and share goals for themselves, and carve time into the schedule for people to share and celebrate achievements that happen outside of work. If your team is laughing together, is excited about your team-building before it happens, feels a sense of accomplishment once it’s over, and maintains their bond when they’re back at work, you’re doing it right.
If you need facilities for team-building or training, look to Texas Training and Conference Centers, for high-quality equipment and exceptional service. Our computer labs and other spaces come equipped with internet accessibility, printers and fax machines, Wi-Fi setup, on-site tech support, full projection systems, workstations, whiteboards, and computers furnished with the most cutting edge technology, to ensure that your event is a success. Soundproof rooms, continental breakfast, and optional catered lunches are just some of the ways we provide the little niceties that make a big difference. For the past 18 years, we’ve provided exceptional service to businesses throughout Houston, and we have the expertise to help you, too. To learn more, call us at 832.982.1708 or contact us through our website.