Building Strong Teams
In the agricultural business, having the right people on our teams is key. Getting them to work well together is even more important.
As a person who has seen great and not so great teams in my 30+ years in the agricultural industry, I’ve learned to recognize some key characteristics of successful teams. With a little help from The Kellogg Business Management department, together we’ve assembled these characteristics below.
People have to understand the big picture. How the vision is formed and communicated is key.
Do your employees know why the business exists? It may seem simple to you, but for others it’s not. People must be tied into a greater purpose, otherwise burnout and boredom will overtake them. Even the best employees will wither if not tied into a greater purpose. What’s your company’s vision? If it isn’t clear, it’s time to address that.
Individual Strengths Used on the Team
We all have strengths. Some people know them clearly, some don’t. First, you need to get clear on your own strengths and talents. StrengthsFinder is a great resource for this as well as a program called StandOut. Knowing your strengths is the first step. The next step is that everyone recognizes strengths and utilizes them well. If you have a great employee who is fantastic with the ‘big picture’ and inspiring people, that may not be the best person to put in charge of your accounting processes. Yes, if you’ve got someone who is fantastic with numbers and details, but big picture and relationships aren’t their strength, it’s not a good idea to have them as a Sales Manager for your business. This isn’t rocket science – it’s a matter of staying in tune with your employees and encouraging them to serve in your business by empowering them to do what they are best at.
That’s right. Your team has to be emotionally connected. If you are not comfortable with this, you should get comfortable. Like it or not, we are all emotional beings. We need to feel connection around us and we need to be valued by those around us.
Since starting at Insta-Pro, I can say that our team puts forth these characteristics every day. Building a good team can seem like a daunting task, but it’s worth the effort. You’ll see the difference in morale, productivity, and profitability if you stick with it. Feel free to send me a message if you are interested in learning more.