Could this Secret Career and Finance Killer be Sabotaging Your Success?
Could this Career and Finance Killer be Sabotaging Your Success?
Use this Millionaire Success Habit to Eliminate It Now
It happened again. You worked your tail off to reach an important career goal. You set goals, stayed ahead of deadlines and were one step ahead of every potential problem. Sure, you had to drive your team more than you’d like but it was all about to be worth it in the end.
Then you get the email. A pivotal team member has her dog’s groomer’s cousin’s grandmother’s funeral and has to miss work…. Again. Your project is DOA. As the Pac-Man game would so ruthlessly flash on the screen in my youth with no remorse or empathy, “Game Over.”
One of the millionaire success habits I learned early on as the CEO of Doorstep Delivery is to constantly make the changes needed to have the right team in place. A toxic team member can literally make or break your business. The problem is, even CEOs with millionaire success habits are human and also don’t like to flash someone the “Game Over” cue by firing them when they’re not delivering (pun intended).
This is where checking your goals vs habits comes in handy. You know what you want, and you know how to get it, but you make excuses for a poor performer and subconsciously enable their victim mentality because you don’t want to do the heavy lifting of firing an employee.
The truth is, though, sabotage from your team can affect every single one of your five cores. Have you ever had a team you can’t rely on so you couldn’t possibly take a vacation? That’s a hit to your emotional core. Who can spend time playing basketball when they’ve got to pick up the slack for Debbie in accounting who hasn’t sent out an invoice in 6 months? Now you’re falling short on your physical health core. Not to mention the stress and frustration chomping away at your mindset – especially when your relationship core is under stress because you haven’t quit working before 9pm in weeks.
The Millionaire Success Habit that will Change Your Life
A toxic team member is a deal-breaker for me. I can spot one a mile away and while I don’t relish the conversation that follows, I don’t hesitate to get them off the bus for the good of myself, the rest of my team, and all of the people in our lives that the situation affects.
Another crucial success habit is to take action the second you know a problem is attacking your cores. I consider finding and recruiting the right team a high priority in my job. My team members are either contributing to the success of the team, or they’re standing in the way of it. And when you look at it that way, it’s pretty easy to tell who fits in which category. When I have the right team in place, the payoff is amazing for everyone on the team, including myself.
I no longer dread the recruiting process or make excuses for bad apples just so I don’t have to go through the process of finding someone new. I’m always looking out for talent, passion and dedication and when I find it, I jump on it.
Below are some good habits I’ve tied into my success system for ensuring I’ve always got the right people ON the bus knowing what they need to do, and the sabotaging ones OFF the bus so as not to kill the team momentum.
Four Step System To Ensure Your Team Is Producing Maximum Momentum
- Document Your Processes – You won’t dread having to hire and train new people if you’ve got a documented system in place to onboard employees. The more detailed, the better. Create step-by-step instructions for each position and keep them updated.
- Automate – We use Asana on my team, which is a free project management tool. We have an onboarding project template all set up to walk people through basic training, signing documents, and getting to know our programs and systems.
- Keep an updated job description – Make sure to have clear requirements for the position and keep it updated as you learn what skills and personality traits work in each position (and which ones don’t).
- Retain – When you find the right employees, do what it takes to keep them! You can use gamification with incentives and contests to keep your team happy and motivated