You’ve come up with a unique and actionable plan for a new business. No matter how innovative your concept is, you won’t get far without a team that shares your vision. In this article,Joey Klein, founder and CEO of Inner Matrix Systems – a personal mastery training system for high achievers – shares his top recommendations for how to develop your dream team and keep them aligned with your company’s vision.
Have a Clear Vision
The first step is to have a well-defined vision that your team understands and can get behind. Entrepreneurs need to ensure that the company vision is crystal clear and elicits a sense of inspiration and focus. That way, all employees can align with the company’s vision and work together to achieve it. Keep it simple and intuitive, and focused on the outcome you’d like to create. A common pitfall for new business leaders is to have a vision that is overly complicated or not based on the actual outcome desired. Cluttering your overall vision with information overload only serves to derail your team, investors, and customers from relating to your overarching theme.
Tie Your Vision to Emotion
Vision starts with emotion, as we tie our emotions to the outcomes that we want. Let’s say your company’s vision or one of the benchmarks you want to complete is achieving one million dollars in revenue each year; just focusing on a million dollars will not get you there. Oftentimes, if you only focus on the money you can feel overwhelmed or anxious about how far away that goal is. Instead, use passion and inspiration as the emotional drivers driving you towards your revenue goal. Use inner training or just close your eyes and think, “If I was inspired right now, how would I feel? What would that look like?” Get inside the emotion and align that with a million dollars of annual revenue, or whatever the outcome you’d like to achieve for your company might be.
Hire the Right People
Finding people who align with your company’s vision is critical to forming a high-functioning team that works well together. Employees need to feel like the company vision is their vision, so they are motivated to contribute to the outcome, and they also feel like it’s their legacy. If the staff is engaged and loves the idea of what they’re working on, they’re inspired to come to work every day; they feel their contribution is making a huge difference and contributes to them personally.
Cultivate a Culture that Aligns with your Vision
You’ve formed your dream team; now how do you keep them motivated and dedicated to the shared vision?
You might be inclined to give a motivating speech, enthusiastically re-conveying your vision in hopes of passing your enthusiasm onto your team. This is the wrong move. Think back to a previous job when you and your coworkers were called into a pointless meeting, just to sit back and watch your boss give a speech that you politely applauded so that you could get back to doing anything else as quickly as possible. Don’t do that.
Instead, focus on creating a space where employees can be heard. Give them the respect of trusting their expertise, guiding them when necessary but always hearing them out, and let them take control of their projects. This will not only encourage them to contribute in brainstorming sessions, it will also fuel a sense of personal pride in their contributions. Encouraging their ideas and passion in what they do is the most potent emotional driver you can use to keep your team aligned with your company’s vision.
About Inner Matrix Systems
Inner Matrix Systems, based in Denver, is a personal mastery training system for high achievers. For more than twenty years, IMS has delivered a proprietary methodology that rewires, trains, and aligns the nervous system, emotions, and thought strategies to create real-life results. CEO, Joey Klein, and IMS have worked with more than 80,000 individuals from around the world through both live and online training programs, as well as one-on-one coaching. Clients have included: Boeing, IBM, Dell, Google, Panda Express, Coca Cola and The World Health Organization. Joey is the author of The Inner Matrix: Leveraging the Art & Science of Personal Mastery to Create Real Life Results (June 2021).