Many creative entrepreneurs resist systems, incorrectly believing that systems will somehow limit creativity or reduce the flexibility of the team. Nothing could be further from the truth, as my client Jennie Nash discovered. Jennie is a successful book coach and founder and CEO of Author Accelerator, an online book coaching service. As Jennie discovered, systems provided the support she needed to successfully lead her growing company and scale her business.
Motivating virtual teams can be difficult, even for experienced managers. Our global economy has shifted from the mechanical (or labor based) economy of the past to an economy focused on creativity and high-level knowledge based work. Rather than working as a part of a production group in a factory, many of the most valuable employees in our economy do creative or analytical work as a part of a virtual team. Our methods of motivation need to shift too.
Shifting your mindset to embrace a leadership role can be difficult. It takes time and practice to fully make the shift, and along the way your team can struggle a bit. Today I’m sharing 3 team management problems many business owners face as the team grows and suggesting ways to solve them.
Adding a team member won’t help you reach your goals unless you change the way you manage. Bold statement, I know. But it’s true. That independent, “can-do” spirit you’ve used to run your business as a solo-preneur is actually an obstacle when leading a team. Let’s explore a few essential mindset shifts you need to consider when you begin leading a team.