AdviCoach Reviews Why Your Team Should Set Goals for the New Year

AdviCoach Reviews Why Your Team Should Set Goals for the New Year
No matter how intelligent, passionate, determined or ambition an entrepreneur is, the success of a small business depends upon how well the employees within the business are working together. A strong team of employees is the foundation of a successful business. If the inner workings of your business aren’t successfully functioning, then how is the actual business supposed to thrive?

With 2015 on the horizon, small business owners should sit down with their employees or team leads (depending on the size of the company) to brainstorm goals for working together in the New Year. The benefits of teamwork include increased efficiency, improved employee morale and enhanced innovation – all of which can provide your small business with financial savings. It’s hard to argue against working to improve your employees operations as a team in the New Year.

Set SMART goals
Before actually setting goals, it’s important to think about the details that will go into each goal to make them actually attainable. The best way to achieve team goals is to create SMART goals from the get go. SMART stands for

  • Specific
  • Measurable
  • Achievable
  • Relevant
  • Time-Bound

When a team crafts their goals with these parameters in mind, they are better setting themselves up for success. If goals aren’t detailed and well defined, based upon metrics or numbers, teams may be setting themselves up for failure from the start.

Three Teamwork Goals to Set
Below, AdviCoach reviews three teamwork goals for your small business to set for the New Year. Starting by setting SMART goals in each of these three categories can help your business to get started on the right foot this year.

  • Encourage Learning: Creating a learning culture in your company can produce an environment encouraging continual growth. Try setting a goal to have some sort of educational team meeting at least once per month. Team members can switch off “hosting” the meeting by educating their peers on a topic close to the business. This can help employees stay up-to-date with current industry information, while simultaneously encouraging new ideas and learning.
  • Overcome a Weakness: Nobody likes to sit down and pick apart what their team isn’t doing well, but doing so can help a team uncover things they could be doing better. Teams should identify weaknesses that they’ve discovered over the past year, and pick a few of them to tackle head on. When a team is successfully able to overcome a weakness, this can prove as motivation to try and tackle larger problems within the business.
  • Inspire Collaboration: Some people would be surprised to find out that in a hierarchical business, many lower-level employees are hesitant to go to higher-level employees with new ideas, problems or solutions because they don’t want to be seen as overstepping their boundaries. When this happens, sometimes the best ideas go unheard. To discourage this from happening, teams should set clear goals regarding collaboration to help encourage all levels of employees to communicate with one another. This enhanced partnership within a small business can help create new solutions to problems, or new ideas altogether.

Throughout the course of the year, teams are encouraged to sit down together to evaluate the progress that they have made. Goal setting should be a process, and as your team achieves those outlined milestones you can set new ones so you are constantly working on reaching the team’s full potential.

For more information about how to set strong goals for your small business, contact an AdviCoach small business coach today


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