Winning and losing as a team. How to deal with it?

One of the main keys to a successful business is balance. Balance between your management and employees, because these are the people that keep the business running. Finding ways to communicate, make decisions and find compromises are things that separate a good company from a bad one. If accomplishing a big task successfully is something to be very proud of for both you and your team, missing out on some project or failing to reach the goal can be very painful. How should you deal with that?

First thing to do when trying to strengthen overall teamwork is to clearly state your goals, expectations and ways to achieve the desired goals. Communication is very important, so try to involve as many team members as possible with finding different solutions and accomplishing tasks. Another thing to keep in mind is to assign specific roles to all of your team members and lead by example. Everyone on the team should know what they are responsible for and as a leader do not be afraid to take more responsibility upon yourself. After all, you are the manager for a reason.

But what if you work so hard towards achieving some project and you still fall short? What should you do then? Well, first and foremost you should try to identify the possible causes of failure as fast as possible. At first sight the issue might seem small, but do not underestimate it. In most of the cases, when a team fails it is because of a few main reasons: lack of communication, poor time management, lack of trust or simply lack of skill. However, do not be the first to blame everything on the team, in fact, try to think of any mistakes you might have made. Again, do not play the blame game, because it will get you nowhere and only cause chaos. Get everyone together, calm them down, analyze what could have been done better and motivate them again for the upcoming projects, tasks and goals.

Let’s get back to more positive things, shall we? Successfully completing projects and tasks brings a lot of good emotions, confidence, motivation and of course financial benefits. It is very important to recognize when a deal is signed or a goal is reached. As a leader, you should always give credit to your team. As it is said, “There is no “I” in TEAM”, which explains that no one should take full credit to themselves for team’s success. Even if a person’s input was not as big as your high performer’s, you should still recognize that person. Make sure you also motivate them to keep up the good work and do not let them relax too much, since there are plenty of things coming up in the future.

Finally, try to implement some sort of a success-tracking system in your office, where people could get recognition for the amount of their involvement. Let’s say if an employee is constantly contributing towards achieving goals and tasks, maybe later they could get some benefits such as a raise, extra off-day or something else. These types of systems also help to motivate employees, because there is something that they can really work hard towards to. Whether you succeed as a team or fail, does not really matter, what matters is that as a leader and a manager you should always push your employees to be the best that they can possibly be, motivate them and help them in every step of the way.

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