What are some creative management ideas that can refocus and refresh our team for fall?
August has been a really tough month for my team and myself to stay motivated at work. I think we've all been slacking off a little bit and enjoying summer! As September hits, what can we do to get back on track?
The end of summer is the perfect time to meet with each of your employees individually to regroup. Have each employee be prepared to discuss three goals that he/she wishes to accomplish in the upcoming quarter. This will help you and the team prioritize on what to do next. For more tips, check out this article on Business.com: 'Leaf' Summer Behind! 3 Ways to Refresh Your Team for Fall
Plan a SWOT retreat with your team to discuss the Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities and Threats for the next year or two. Get your team engaged in how to focus the company's time and resources.
Anisia you don't say how big your team is but I'll give you an idea I've used for teams of 6 to 26 in the US, UAE and Germany. I think it is always beneficial to have a "get-together" for team-building - even if not offsite - it helps with getting to know each other on a different level. A topic that is very eye-opening for this get-together, but also self-developmental for individuals is Emotional Intelligence. Travis Bradberry has a great book that is reasonably priced on Amazon called EQ 2.0. It has activities for each of the Emotional Intelligences' with a self score instrument website (code comes in the book) and tons of ideas you could facilitate or bring in an outside facilitator to manage. Many SLTs, as well as intact teams have had great results that just multiply throughout the year with the added self awareness/management and social awareness/management.
Welcome back to your work. There are 5 main creative management ideas with a bit description that could help you to refresh your team.
Brainstorming is a simple concept that requires participants to let go of the status quo mentality. Effective brainstorming at its core is like playing a free word association game.
2. Attribute Listing
A popular creativity tool used by many R&D departments is attribute listing. Start by taking a product, service or organized system and break it down into separate attributes.
3. Mind Mapping
Mind mapping is a fantastic visual technique that allows you to see at a glance all of the new ideas stemming from a core concept.
Provocations are silly statements made about common things that everyone knows are not true.
Everyone has assumptions about how things should work. This makes it difficult to be creative. Therefore, use the reversal technique to challenge those assumptions. Take the opposite position. Flip a problem or solution on its head and see it in another light.
Start thinking. Maybe you can put to use one of these Five Creative Management Techniques yourself?
Being court in the moment is time consuming never the less it can be brilliant idea if you refresh and continue the tradition long into the fall. I'm practicing the same plan with my team.
Switch members roles one day per week, simply to keep people aware of what each other are doing. Sometimes seeing the big picture helps everyone focus.
Set goals and commit to how you will reward goal achievement. That is, set clear plans for the team as a whole and for individuals/positions and combine this with what's at the end...track for promotion? bonus? profit sharing?
Good employees will slack off a bit, but will get by. Great employees will also slack off a bit, but will be looking towards what's next. Give them something to work toward, and make it worth their while. Do this, and you will both gain higher productivity and retention of quality employees.
As 'fall' (or Autumn as we say on this side of the pond) looms closer and the nights draw we all need to be able to focus more sharply.
Start with your 'Theme' ...what is it? Is it meaningful to the group as a whole? Avoid 'Business Speak' and 'Gargon', in other words make it real.
Once you can verbalise this theme in way that is meaningful to the whole team (even if, perhaps, it is something as simple as, "I want us to go from 'good' to 'great'), then break the theme down into goals that align through the group. For a company, perhaps the Marketing department that might interpret this to mean an increase in response to a particular marketing drive by 5%, or to a Sales team, it might mean an increase in the profit margin by 2%, or similar but, what ever you do, make sure your goals are :
SMART 'Specific, Measurable, Agreed Upon, Realistic, Time-Based'
Then between you work out the micro steps to achieve them, and set a realistic date to achieve them that neither applies too much pressure nor creates apathy.
Get the whole team involved in the process; people work hard on goals that they believe in but are unlikely to be truly motivated by goals that belong to someone else and don't resonate with their own beliefs.
Did you know less than 1% of us set goals and even less have a clearly defined action plan to achieve them?
Hello Anisia , TaIking a bout an team means results made , When ever results not satisfied then we shall re-organize the team -
1. Removing all the weak members , No place for them under any surcumstances ,they shall be removed .
2. Adding new strong records selling members .
3. sitting new selling plans .
4.changing sales commission . to encourage the team to work hard .
5.stong & sharp policy for all members that management will not eccept results under the targets .
6. The selling team shall know & understand very well all details - products to be sold .
I have gone through such situation & done the same , results were excellent .
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