5 way to create an encouraging environment on your team

5 ways to create an encouraging environmentJust because you’ve made the team, doesn’t guarantee success. Just ask the Miami Heat who won their first NBA Championship with LeBron James, Dwayne Wade and Chris Bosh after a few years together or the New York Yankees who were swept in the postseason, despite having a roster of Derek Jeter, Alex Rodriguez and Robinson Cano.  Building a team doesn’t just take time, but it also takes the right environment.

Recently, I came across a great piece of advice from Jon Carlson, author of Time for a Better Marriage. While his book speaks about improving your marriage, I felt that the advice he provides is very pertinent for team-building, be it a manager of a team, a member of a sports team, or even a social media team.

Below are 5 ways to create an encouraging environment for your team

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5 places to network

Name tag from networking eventYour business is up and running. You have a few regular customers. And your business is setup on a host of social networks like Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and LinkedIn. But business is growing – rather slowly.

In this situation, what do you do? 

The answer is simple – network! Not only is networking (online and offline) a great way to meet new and interesting people, but there are lots of places to network.  In fact, you have lots of opportunities to network each and every day, we just overlook them.

If you’re not seeing the results you would like with your business, you can’t just sit there – you need to look for places to network. 

5 places to network

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Putting the work into social media

I spend a lot of time meeting with individuals who are looking to put into practice a solid, result-producing social media strategy. The first question I always ask is if they’re ready to work. Most of the time, I get a lukewarm response, because they think that just because they join a social network and post a few updates, they’ll begin to see results like extreme growth after just a few days. That’s not the case.

If you want to see any sort of results, you should know this:

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Gaining engagement by being engaging

Engagement meterA lot of people think that in order to build engagement, you need to be in a big market – cities like New York, California or Washington DC. While this will guarantee you’ll have more people to reach – and traffic and people to compete against, it won’t guarantee that you’ll be able to engage better. In fact, your best opportunities are right around you and here’s why.
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Giving yourself a tune-up

Check engine lightEvery couple of months, we change the oil in our car. When we reach milestones, such as reaching 75,000 miles, we give our car a tune-up. By doing this, it helps to ensure that our vehicle will continue to perform at a high level. It also helps to ensure that we won’t experience any unwanted repairs in the near future.

While we spend time maintaining our vehicles, we often forget to give ourselves a tune-up.

Because we lead such busy lives, it can be easy to forget to give ourselves a regular tune-up.  What happens when we fail to give ourselves a tune-up is that we could end up needing major repairs down the road.

Here’s why you should assess yourself and give yourself a tune-up regularly.

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Why a routine should be routine

Develop a social media routine like putting on your socksHave you ever stopped to think about what you get done throughout the course of a day? It’s actually pretty remarkable if you really think about it. Not only do you find time to make lunches, drop the kids off at school, go to work – and still make soccer practice as well as dinner, but somehow you are able to get all of this done in a normal eight hour day.

Whether you realize it or not, the reason you are able to accomplish so much is because you follow a routine. For a lot of people who are just starting out incorporating social media into their already long list of daily activities, having a routine should really be routine and here’s why.

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When life gives you lemons

Hopefully you’ve had a great week so far. For those of you who haven’t, don’t worry, it will get better – I promise! For some people, when the balancing act, called life, throws us a curveball, we get all our of whack. We can’t sleep, eat or function for that matter, and we feel the pressure in our social groups – because we want to fit in, so we keep things bottled up inside. This isn’t actually a good thing, nor is it healthy. In fact, why do we do these sorts of things anyway? We’re scared, that’s why – we want everything to go our way and when it doesn’t, we get all out of sync and forget how to function.  When times like these happen though, I say don’t let them affect you – instead, when life gives you lemons, make lemonade!

Sure, you may have lost your job, missed out on a promotion or had a bad day overall, but that really shouldn’t stop you, nor should the feeling that your friends might give you a hard time about your misfortunes.  In fact, it should make you angry to the point that you want to do something about it because life goes on whether you choose to do something or not. If you stay mired in your current situation and let others (the company that just fired you, your friends), you’re only going to make things worse because you’re expending so much energy on the things that went wrong, not realizing that there’s another side to the coin – the things you can change. Here are just a few examples

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Your favorite 5

Last pick on teamQuick, grab a piece of paper, don’t give this any thought, and write down the names of five people.

So what do these five people you’ve just selected represent?  No, they aren’t your starting five on your first basketball team.  In fact, they’re a lot more valuable than that…  Now that you have selected five people, take a moment and look at how successful they are in their own lives – we’re not talking about money here.

Do they have a good family life, are they in good shape, how is their attitude, are they influencers or inhibitors in your personal life? Chance are, you’ll come to find out that the people you just named are people who are influential in your life in one way or another (your favorite five). Some might influence you financially, because you aspire to be where they are at. Others might be deeply rooted in family. Others might be holding you back from reaching your personal goals.

What’s the point?

Just as these five people influence your life in-person, these same principles hold true online as well on social networks like Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Google+, etc.

Who you spend your time with impacts your own life – whether it is having a physical conversation with them or commenting and liking their status update on Facebook.

Now that you know more about your favorite five, take a moment and think about the five people you listed. Are these people influencers or inhibitors? There’s nothing wrong with adding or removing from your favorite five. In fact, to be successful, I suggest surrounding yourself with people that will have a positive influence on  your life – this can be someone who brightens your day or that somebody who really irritates you because they seem to have it all, yet they challenge you to get better.

You’re a Celebrity – no really!

Walk-of-fame star in Los Angeles, California

As I was out in Los Angeles the other day, I’ll admit, it was pretty hard not to notice all of the stars’ names on the ground. Michael Jackson, Britney Spears, Kobe Bryant and even the great Thomas Edison. For most people, you probably think that reaching their level is unattainable. One thing that we often forget though is that each and every one of those people started somewhere else. Sure, some people were in the right place at the right time, but that shouldn’t deter you. In fact, you may not realize it, but you’re actually already a celebrity yourself.

Already a celebrity, how can that possibly be?

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