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Are You Positioning Your Team For Success? – Business Times Column #91

by Marcus

Marcus Straub

Marcus Straub

For any company to grow and generate success for everyone involved, its people must also grow and develop their potential. All businesses are comprised of people — and as the team goes, so does the company.

Consider any sports franchise. Those that achieve the greatest levels of happiness and success are comprised of individuals who are consistently coached to their greatest potential. The coaching they receive is of high quality; team members are committed to learning and becoming more; and, together, higher levels of achievement are reached.

When personal and professional growth and development are lacking, people become bogged down by old ways of thinking and behaving. This limits our ability to effectively handle reality, now and in the future. Greater happiness and success aren’t achieved because we continue to operate as we always have, especially in the face of changing circumstances.

Companies committed to continual learning provide team members with new ways of thinking and behaving. This positions the company to effectively handle its current reality and remain proactive in the face of changing business environments. The companies that thrive over long periods of time are those committed to reinventing and changing themselves through continual learning and the application of new knowledge.

Companies that continually upgrade their operations — with the ongoing development of their team members through high-quality assessments and effective coaching and training — are better positioned to weather challenging economic changes as well as fully leverage prosperous times.

Businesses that recognize the wisdom in initiating ongoing coaching and training through professional development programs take a bold step into their future success and the happiness of the team. As programs ramp up and gain momentum, team members become more engaged, top performers are easily identified and gaps are closed in their skills, knowledge and abilities.

Conversely, organizations that choose not to implement coaching and training programs to further grow and develop their people encounter more struggles and experience more obstacles to the happiness and success they desire. They frequently lack the guidance, direction and teamwork necessary to weather economic changes and thrive on the other side.

Which one of these scenarios best describes your business? What choices have you made in the growth and development of your team and your company? Could your business benefit from a stronger and more capable and inspired team? What is the cost if you choose not to invest in your team? Ultimately, is your business as successful as you’d like it to be?

If you find yourself behind the curve in the growth and development of your team, and therefore your business, you’d be well-served to consider the many benefits of team development through comprehensive assessments, coaching and training. This course of action can significantly increase the happiness of your team and the success of your entire organization. The results of your operations won’t improve unless you consistently give the individuals that run your business new and powerful tools.

It’s not enough to simply bring in new systems or streamline operations. After all, people implement and run the systems that help companies operate effectively. To meet the current and future demands of your business — to be able to grow and develop your business for greater happiness and success — you need to find powerful ways to assist your team members in becoming their best.

In choosing someone to coach or train in your business, it’s wise to bring in a professional who’s both personable and powerful. The greatest results will come with someone your team can relate to; who brings positive, invigorating energy and passion; and who’s willing to tailor their services specifically to your company’s needs.

Often times it’s most appropriate for coaching and training to start with the owners and managers of the business. As their abilities grow, they’re in a stronger position to lead by example and assist other team members in absorbing and using the powerful new information and perspectives offered by an effective coach.

Being your best feels great. But to enjoy this positive experience, you must continue to grow and develop. High-quality assessments, ongoing coaching and training for you and your team will empower you with valuable new information and perspectives. You’ll enjoy the opportunity to rise to new heights in business and in life.

Marcus Straub
Marcus Straub owns Life is Great! Inc. in Grand Junction. His personalized coaching and consulting services help individuals, business owners, executives and companies build teams, organizations and lives that are filled with happiness and success. He is the winner of the 2011 International Coach of the Year Award, and is also the author of “Is It Fun Being You?.” He is available for free consultations regarding coaching, speaking and trainings. Reach Straub by phone at 208-3150, by e-mail at marcus@lifeisgreatcoaching.com or on the website at www.lifeisgreatcoaching.com.
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