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Cindy Williams

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Strategies for building a high-performing team · 12:35pm May 21st, 2019

Hello everyone, my dear readers and visitors of this blog!

If you are my regular reader or at least know who I am and what I do, you may have noticed that I always travel and publish daily travel notes and posts on various socially important topics on my YouTube channel and blog. And my readers often ask me how many people help me to run this blog, how I do everything, and in general, how my projects operate. Some of my readers even accused me of writing other posts for me, but in reality this is not quite the case. Today, my friends, it's time to reveal all the secrets to you and tell you why the high-performance team is one of the critical guarantees of the success of any project.
When I started this blog, I did all the work myself, because I had neither the money nor the need to have a big team. Gradually, when the number of readers of my blog increased and I created a YouTube channel, and also I had more money and opportunities for travel, I had less time and therefore I created a team with which I cooperate daily. At the moment, my team consists of five people, each of which has their own responsibilities in this project.
But even though my team consists of five people, two of whom are editors, no one except me can write my opinion for me. For example, I will never ask my editors to write a note about why I did not like this or that city. Their main task is to edit my text, maybe add some crucial additions and make everything so that you, my favorite readers, will be more interesting and easier to read my blog. Indeed, sometimes there are situations when members of my team have an opinion and they want to share it with a large audience, and sometimes I let them do it when I consider the topic relevant and interesting, but I always inform my readers that the text was not written me.
Since I constantly travel and rarely stay at home, our entire team works remotely and we communicate through Telegram. Although we are not in the same office, I am the leader and manager of this team, and it was after I gathered the team and we started working together, I realized how important it is to be able to manage people and how necessary leaders are in any projects. That is why I want to share with you the strategies for building a high-performing team that I use not only me but also well-known managers, such as Jeff Bezos, Mark Zuckerberg, and many others.
Given the fact that I work in a fairly small team, which consists of only five people, my advice will be useful for managers in various start-ups, and not large corporations. First of all, a good manager should be extremely responsible in the process of hiring employees, since it is at this stage that you decide who you will work with. Some of you may object and say that during the interview it is challenging to understand the person’s personality and how they will show themselves in the working process, and I will have to agree with you, but at the same time, let’s look at what happens if you hire the wrong candidate.
When you take a person to a team, you spend a huge amount of time and effort to train a person and explain to them what their role in the team is. Despite the experience, education, and skills of the candidate, the new workplace will always be different from each other. Let's imagine that you hired a person, spent six months on him or her, but then it turns out that their worldview and approach to work are entirely different from yours and as a result, this person leaves the team. At this point, the workflow stops completely, because you are forced to search for a new person and train them for everything that the previous employee knew. That is why when I created my team, I wanted to find those people who would share my vision; we would have a common understanding of what we are doing. Indeed, the process of hiring employees can take a very long time, but believe me, it's worth it.
I am also confident that leaders and managers should always be part of a team, and not treat employees as a workforce that should do all the “dirty work”. No, you have to be an active participant in discussions, you have to show your employees that you are not the boss you need to be afraid of, and you are a person who has the same goals as they. Obviously, you can never become the best friend for them, because in any case, you are the boss, but always strive to be one of them, do not be a constantly evil boss who only demands and expresses his displeasure - be kinder.
Never stop encouraging your employees, appreciate their contribution to the overall work. When employees come to work, the main goal that they pursue is to make money, but after a while, it's not enough and they are looking for something that will bring them pleasure and will create value for them. If employees do not feel valuable because they do not know about their contribution, their motivation and team spirit will gradually disappear, which will have a very negative impact on their performance, they will offer less innovative ideas and in general will not be the employees you need. That is why let your employees offer their ideas, even the craziest and incredible, and support them in personal development - this is very important for long-term cooperation.
Finally, learn to accurately give instructions to your employees and explain to them what you expect from them, share with them a common vision and goals - let the team members be part of the project, not just employees. When team members understand why they are doing their job and what value they will bring after completing this job, they will get more pleasure from the workflow and will happily perform their tasks.
I used these strategies for building a high-performing team three years ago when I started looking for employees for my team, I made a lot of mistakes, and I don’t want you to make the same mistakes. Be a part of the team, value your employees, respect their opinions and vision - very often it may differ from yours, but the truth is born in the argument. Be a good person, behave the way you want your team members to behave, be a good example and you can achieve everything you want with your team. Good luck to you! If you have any human development  questions or objections, do not hesitate to express your opinion in the comments, I would be very interested to hear your opinion.

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