“Talent wins games, but teamwork and intelligence wins championships.” – Michael Jordan
I think this is such a great quote – and so true in business! And one of the best ways to accomplish great teamwork is with great communication. So how do you get there? One method has to do with a positive work-life balance. This practice doesn’t only apply to you individually, but to your team as well.
At least twice a year, take your team out for lunch or better yet- for a fun adventure! Rock climbing anyone? Perhaps a hike one afternoon? Leave the business talk behind. It’s a great way for everyone to mingle outside of the office and get to know each other. The pressure of deadlines melt away and your team can just have a good time with each other.
When the team returns to the office, you’ll find that everyone is not only a little less stressed – but they’re able to communicate easier with each other. There’s a lot to be said about understanding your colleagues on a more personal level.
This knowledge and shared experience will lead your team to communicate more effectively with each other and you’ll inch closer to the pinnacle of great teamwork. A team that can work strongly together is able to accelerate good results and help you reach your business goals.
Step Two- Understand the various pieces you need working together.
In order for a business to run like a well-oiled machine, you need to understand that all areas of the business that need to work together. Creating systems will help you enjoy results in increased efficiency, more profits, improved customer/client satisfaction and retention, just to name a few. Here are some core areas that would be helpful to have a system for:
- Daily Operations
- Team Development and Communication (regardless if you have one assistant or a team of 10)
- Client Care/Customer Service (including follow-up)
- Work-Life Balance
If you don’t have these systems in writing, work with your coach to get this done.
I’m the first to admit that it can sometimes be hard to find a good work/life balance. Our work days can be full of phone calls, emails, interactions with customers, team meetings and appointments. It can be incredibly difficult to switch from work mode to life mode when the clock strikes 5 pm… or 3 pm… or whenever your transition occurs.
But here’s the critical thing — you must find a way to create a balance. Why? That balance keeps you energized and refreshed. It allows you to invest in your personal life and do the things you enjoy. And you may be surprised to hear this – but it not only improves your personal life, it improves your business. With the proper vision and systems in place, you can free up your time by having a business that runs seamlessly. You can stop working all the time and start enjoying your freedom and life more.
This is the beauty of running your own business. You get to run a well-oiled machine, and be your own boss, and you also get to live life on your own terms. Does it get any better than that?