Is there such a thing as a “perfect employee”? Likely not, but with some focus, you can utilize your employees’ strengths to help your company grow!
Let me introduce you to one of my clients, Sandra.
She owns a business in the healthcare industry that helps clients restore movement for injury, illness, or disability. Sandra was frustrated with hiring and being short staffed.
When she started to align her business strategy with her long term vision and goals, my client came to realize that the real problem was not staffing, it’s about building a team that she could count on!
She was originally frustrated with not being able to hire the professionals she needed for her clinic. Sandra wanted her employees to do the “perfect job”. A job that was exact and precise to the way she wanted things done.
She was drained, exhausted, and overwhelmed from having to perform the day to day operations that were not done to her standard. She didn’t have time to grow her business. Her employees on the other hand were scared of performing their job responsibilities.
You’re probably wondering, “Is doing a perfect job even possible?” The short answer is, no.
As humans, we don’t have the capabilities to read people's minds. Even with a full list of expectations and detailed outlines from our employer, we are only human. We have our own thoughts, ideas, emotions, and ways that can influence the way we do tasks.
All of her employees are different and they have their own set of strengths and weaknesses. It's how we work with those strengths and weaknesses that matter.
For my client, it wasn’t about building a bigger team, it was about maximizing the effectiveness of every member of her team, building a team that she could count on, that she trusted. Through my leadership coaching, she strengthened her leadership skills to create that trusting team - the sustainable and productive way in the long run. Check out our other blog on 4 effective communication strategies leaders should develop in the long run.
What can you take away from this case study?
- Focus on yourself, improve your leadership skills to build a competent team that you can trust.
- Create a safe space for employees to make mistakes and learn from them.
- Let go of perfectionism. Trust your employee’s strengths. Give them space to do their job, and take accountability.
- Find the root cause of what is blocking your business from success.
- When you feel stuck, take a step back from time to time to gain clarity about your long term goals.
If you are looking for a leadership coach to unlock the untapped potential of you, your staff or your organization, I invite you to book a no-fee, no-obligation chat with me today.