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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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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