Is It Time To Build Your Dream Team?
Like most leaders and managers of teams, you have probably found yourself in a place where you had had success in building your team, you have found great people, you have kept great people.
Yet, at a certain point, things weren’t all working as well as you liked with your employees.
Perhaps you realised your latest hire wasn’t ideal, or you were getting attitude from one of the team, they just didn’t seem to be doing what you expected, or you needed to exit someone but the thought of having to do that was less than comfortable.
The first thing you need to know is that it is totally normal, and there are always going to be points as you grow your business where things get a little wobbly in certain parts, despite the fact that you have other elements of your team running along seamlessly.
I don’t need to tell you what you already know, and that is that you can’t build a business that delivers you success and results (whatever they look like for you), without having a team behind you – and not just any team – a winning team.
You can absolutely have a profitable and measurably successful business without this team, but at what cost? You’ll be working 60 + hours per week, you’ll be missing the kids sporting games, you’ll become distant from family and friends. You’ll be tired, exhausted, possibly cranky, and probably unhealthy. It can be successful, but it’s not sustainable.
How do I know? Yes, I’ve seen it with other businesses I’ve worked with, but I’ve also lived this reality.
I’ve built the business with the big team, my mantra was ‘building the empire’ (naff I know) and so I built it. I made a decision to open a business and within 7 days had quit my job, rented premises, registered the business, had logos designed and stationary at the printer, written a full suite of policies, processes and templates ready to use and I was off!
Had my first client within a week, my first staff member within 2 months and within 12 months had outgrown the premises I was renting and moved into a bigger office to accommodate the growing team.
Over the next 6 years I built my empire. I moved office more times than I care to count, had a team of 10 + and ultimately purchased ridiculously massive commercial premises to cater for this expanding empire. The business was successful by all ‘normal’ measures, revenue steadily increasing, solid profit margins, we were Award winners, our team was highly respected, we were featured in all the publications, and we were having a great time.
And then it all changed.
Like a perfect storm of all the things – 1 big client cancelled a huge contract effective immediately (on Christmas eve!), the impact of the GFC finally caught up to regional Australia (no one was hiring staff), I had hit burnout, I was over invested (and I now also had 2 kids under 5).
Something had to change. I’d built the empire, built a great team – but I hadn’t built the right team for this business at this time. Too much was still reliant on me, it wasn’t sustainable and it absolutely wasn’t scalable.
I had to make a change, so I did.
During this time, I was on a mission to figure this out – what is the secret sauce to true success for small to medium sized businesses when it came to building their teams. I had watched so many other businesses over the years go through similar challenges to what I had experienced, some navigated it well and took the growth to the next level, I was committed to understanding how they did it, what was the magic formula?
Over the years that followed I worked with businesses to implement what I knew was working, and to get rid of things and limitations that I knew were holding the business back. None of this was rocket science, but nor was it what they would teach any HR student or trainee – the things they teach in the world of HR simply didn’t translate to small to medium sized businesses, they needed something different.
And here’s what I found – when it comes down to it, there are 6 core phases that count when it comes to the people in your business. Get every phase nailed and you have an awesome team – a team that drives your business performance. But if there is a chink in the armour on any of the phases, that’s when things start to fall apart, or just aren’t quite right. That’s when the business relies on you, when you’re putting out fires and when you just want to throw your hands in the air and walk away.
I have for the last 10 years been using the framework with the businesses I work with to help them get the results they want – to have a successful profitable and sustainable business (without sacrificing their nights and weekends).
It’s the framework I’ve been using to help business owners, leaders and manager to build their dream teams. Their businesses are booming and providing for them the life they want.
To that end I have an invitation for you.
In October I’m running a free workshop where I am going to share this exact blueprint with you. The blueprint to show you how to create your dream team that will drive business performance (whilst giving you your nights and weekends back).
I’d love for you to join me, and get the inside scoop on how other savvy business owners are using this framework to build their amazing teams.