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It’s apparent that a large majority of business owners struggle with a common challenge—they are not sure how to maximize their teamwork. They may have hired great people but could be utilising them a lot more effectively. Often, their company is will be organised in a way, that all key decisions happen at the top of the chain.

As an owner of a business, you feel responsible for everything that happens within your company. You may well find yourself going to sleep worrying and waking up feeling much the same way.

But you’re not alone here. There is a solution. The truth is, you are responsible for everything that happens, but you alone do not have to be responsible for making sure it gets done. These four strategies will help you to start maximising teamwork:

  1. Allowing your team permission to “manage up.”
    Managing up is all about creating an environment where team members are encouraged to be resourceful and to look out for other team members, their team leaders, and the company as a whole.

When your team is given initiative, they’ll be able to step up and start showing their strengths. It also helps keep everything from resting on your shoulders.

  1. Stop managing. Start leading.
    There’s a major difference between management and leadership.

It’s both a rare and unique talent to be a great manager. Too often, entrepreneurs believe that because they’ve built a successful business, they should also be the one managing it. But if it’s not your talent or passion, you must pass on the responsibility to a more capable member of the team—someone who sees it as an opportunity and not a burden. This way, you can spend more time leading, being the visionary and providing direction, energy and confidence. Your team needs your leadership!

  1. Utilise everyone’s talents and strengths the best possible way.
    The Strategic Coach®concept of Unique Ability® is defined as the activities you’re most passionate about and at which you have a superior skill.

By arranging your team so that everyone is working in their area of Unique Ability, you’ll see an massive shift in teamwork. All of those areas of friction and drag that occur when people are doing things they’re not good at or have no interest in go away. The level of collaboration and creativity will rise when everyone’s doing what they love to do. Great progress will happen when all are in pursuit of a common goal.

  1. Delegate. Delegate.
    For the most effective teamwork, you must move away from the egocentric “I can do better it myself” or “I don’t need any support” attitude.

It can prove to be very disabling for those who hold on to this outlook, and they end up being trapped by their weaknesses. The best organisations tap into the strengths of others and are intentional about growing everyone of their employees.

Going through major growth as a company requires you to be comfortable with transitioning from being the key decision-maker to trusting in your team to make some of those decisions for you. It also guarantees that all areas of your business will flourish, as you’re no longer essential to the decisions outside your area of expertise.

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