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8 Ways to Teach Your Team to Think Bigger
  • 16 March 2017
  • Eric Michaels

8 Ways to Teach Your Team to Think Bigger

As a small business owner, you must be able to wear multiple hats. After all, your job may require you to take on the role of friend, mentor, critic, and benefactor—all in the same day. On certain occasions, you may even feel like a college football coach addressing his players at halftime.

But perhaps the biggest challenge of owning a business is getting your staff members to think beyond the daily grind, allowing you to reach your business goals in new and exciting ways. Here are eight ways to teach your team to think bigger.

1. Keep your employees in the loop

Too many small business owners keep their business plans to themselves. When your employees share your vision from the start, they will feel more invested in the company's future. By informing your team about what you hope to accomplish, you can create deeper bonds of trust. In order to keep everyone in the loop, you may want to hold regular staff meetings in which you provide the latest updates.

2. Delegate managerial tasks

If you want your staff members to start thinking like a boss, you should take a step back and let certain qualified individuals take over various projects. Once your employees have the opportunity to familiarize themselves with the challenges your company faces on a daily basis, they may have more respect for your position. After a while, you will find someone with the talent to bring new ideas to a manager's role.

3. Offer flexible work hours

When you take the standard, nine-to-five approach out of the workplace, your team members will be more likely to focus on results over the daily grind. Furthermore, your staff will appreciate this opportunity to prioritize their work-life balance, and they may be more engaged as a result.

4. Help your team members to set goals

Without daily, weekly, and monthly goals, your company will just be spinning its wheels. Take the initiative to set goals for yourself, and then help everyone else on your team set reasonable goals for the month and quarter. By using a performance management app, such as 7Geese, you can make it easier for all of your employees to check in on their progress.

5. Create incentives

As a small business owner, you must constantly strive to recognize your team's major accomplishments. You may even want to offer incentives to encourage exceptional performance that moves your company forward. The prize can be small and symbolic or considerable and concrete; either way, offering these types of rewards can help to encourage your team to think bigger.

6. Encourage brainstorming and feedback

As your business expands, it can be increasingly difficult for you to handle everything on your own. By holding brainstorming sessions and reaching out to your team for feedback, you can offer your employees the chance to put on their owners' caps and plot a way forward.

7. Allow employees to attend conferences

If you see an employee excelling at a particular task on the job, you may want to sponsor his or her attendance at a conference related to that skill set or strength. These types of events provide employees with an opportunity to step away from the daily grind, expand their expertise, and explore new ideas, allowing them to think bigger when they return to work.

8. Be transparent

Though you may feel a bit strange about sharing some of your business concerns with your staff members, it is important to remember that doing so provides you with a chance to build a stronger bond. By being transparent about what scares you regarding your business and the industry as a whole, you can give your employees a sense of shared purpose in your company's fate. In order to achieve long-term success, you must ensure that everyone is on the same page.

When you teach your team to think outside of the box and focus on the big picture, everyone wins.

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