People are the backbone of every business. Whether you are running your business on your own or have employees, understanding people have an impact on your ability to grow, increase sales, and reach your goals.
Consider the what, why, who, and how of your business to understand your strengths and where you might need to add more time, resources, or focused energy to reach your goals.
Do you prefer:
- Data and numbers?
- Planning and implementation?
- Working with people and building relationships?
- Thinking about the big picture and having space to be creative?
These four areas are important parts of every business. If you have team members, do they have the same preferences as you or are they interested in different parts of the business?
The way teams work together and collaborate is important for every business. This includes making sure the team members are in roles that play to their strengths and preferences.
Where you and your team prefer to focus impacts how you all work together and get results.
If you (and everyone on your team) are focused on one specific area, then other parts of the business are being neglected and that can potentially negatively affect your progress.
Take some time to reflect on how you and your team are performing and where your strengths are in relation to each other.
Another thing to take into account is your communication style with your employees, contractors, and other team members. Clear and concise communication is an essential part of any high-performing team. A simple way to see if you are communicating clearly is by looking into four key areas.
Am I communicating:
- What (the problem, situation)
- Why (the purpose or reason)
- Who (the support you need or asking for their feedback)
- How (the actions steps needed to take next)
Are you stuck or not sure where to focus next? Give your business a check-up!
This scorecard will help you to evaluate where you are now and where you need to focus next.