If you have poor team members – what do you do?

So you’ve got a team member that you wish you did not have. One of the following has  happened:

1. Your hiring system did not pick out the flaws in the character of the individual

2. You did not provide sufficient training for the individual

3. You did not provide the correct leadership for the individual

or it could be a combination of all three. Either way, its your problem and you have to deal with it.

Before you hire your next team member, decide exactly what it is you are looking for, decide on specific goals for them and decide who will manage them. To manage a person properly, you should first understand your own management style. There is no point getting a team member in who like a lot of coaxing and encouragement if you are the type of manager who just wants to issue the instruction and get the response. Its not fair on you or them.

When a new team member starts, they have to be shown the ropes properly and you have to take the time to induct them properly. Otherwise, they will make up their own rules and they will become troublesome. Not their problem but yours!

Most people who for for an employer or manager do so because they want to be a follower rather than a leader. Thats your job and if you are not a natural leader, learn as much as you can about becoming one. Most of the leadership strategies can be learnt, but most people invest little or noting developing the skill. If you are a good leader, giving your team members, clear objectives and guidelines and proceed to hold them accountable, your team will react. They will either react positively or leave quickly – either way you win.

If you want to find out more about building a winning team call Derek on 087 222 0720 today. By the way – there is an old saying “You get the team you deserve” How true is that for you?