It’s that time of year again — football season is in full force, and employees are working for the weekend. And, just like a football team achieving a victory late in the game, employees need great coaches to inspire great performance, not just in the fourth quarter, but throughout the year. Coaches can excite the inner drive in each and every person. They give us the tools we need to be successful and help us develop the skills to reach our goals. So, why not offer the same experience to your employees and kick off the fourth quarter right.
Establish a game plan. Like a coach on the football field, it’s your job to put your players in the areas where they can shine. Start by scheduling a one-on-one meeting with each member of your team to go over their strengths and weaknesses. Listen to what they have to say, and then give feedback on where you think they show the most potential along with where they need improvement. Then, discuss strategies to help get them on the right track that is both beneficial to the company and the employee. Help each employee create goals, and show how these goals impact the company. Finally, find out what motivates the employee to do their best work and use those motivators to help them reach their goals.
Post game review. After football games, coaches and players critique game videos to see what worked and what didn’t. This helps the team know where and how to adjust so they are continuously improving. So, track results and see if your techniques and team’s efforts are working. You can schedule a monthly meeting to review goals and see where to go from there. Regular goal tracking and review will remind employees of their contribution and progress and help them remain focused on what they’re working for.
Coaches become great when their players succeed. So, use these tips to coach with enthusiasm. Demonstrate pride for your team and model great leadership, and you’ll be playing for the championship.