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Turn Weaknesses To Strengths With Bespoke Sessions
Wed 23rd March 2011
It can be difficult to put your finger on why some teams function better than others. Individuals may conceal the fact that they do not know how to use certain technologies, meaning problems or inaccuracies occur later down the line. On the other hand, issues could be of a more personal nature, meaning you might need to dig a little deeper to resolve difficulties among individuals. There are certain steps you can take and training sessions you are free to book that are designed to get teams working at their optimum, allowing you to be leader of a strong team.
Your colleagues may share similar roles or be responsible for completely different kinds of workplace tasks. It is imperative that you know what your employees, or even you, contribute to the organisation. Each team will require different skills, experience and characteristics and until you know what is the best 'blend' it will be difficult to identify training needs.
For example, sales teams who do cold calling tend to be persuasive individuals that bring in more business for your firm. Their skills are likely to be different from those who deal with finance and accounts, meaning they may need different kinds of tutorials to make their teams strong.
As well as looking at the roles completed by the people you manage and the professional skills needed to assist them in doing a good job, it's important to look at how the team is structured. This can have a great bearing on how well goals are tackled and assignments are completed. As software becomes more advanced and affordable, many people can cheaply purchase items that allow them to work from home.
Many offices in busy cities are allowing this practice because it fits with green policies and reduces the carbon footprint of firms, as employees do not travel to work. Managing a remote team has its own hurdles compared with office-based teams. Likewise, if you're regularly working with colleagues in different countries via email or conference calls you could encounter issues regarding communication. Training sessions are available to reduce the chances of you experiencing these kinds of problems.
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Managers are often the first port of call for colleagues who may be facing issues. If you are in a high level position of this type, you have a lot of sway over helping your fellow workers overcome difficulties. When colleagues do not approach you, it's likely that you'll be the person to notice they are struggling with their role, or you'll hear about it via other team members.
These days, managerial experts are more likely to be heard saying that a team is only as strong as the person that leads it. If you feel like you have some knowledge gaps or are unsure how to solve a difficulty between warring colleagues there is no shame in admitting that you could also benefit from some managerial training. You may have already exhausted your natural reserve of problem-solving tactics and instead of feeling out-of-ideas you're free to book bespoke sessions that can boost your knowledge of emotional intelligence or other relevant topics.
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