Think of the NFL’s greatest dynasties. Lombardi’s Packers, the Steel Curtain Steelers of the ‘70s, the West Coast Offense 49ers of the ‘80s, the Patriots of the past two decades. What do they all have in common? They exemplify different approaches to winning football games, but they all share one thing: stability at the top.
Lombardi and Starr, Noll and Bradshaw, Walsh/Seifert and Montana, Brady, and Belichick — while the cast of characters changed around them, their respective teams remained dominant as long as these legendary Coach-Quarterback tandems remained together.
In business, as in football, the great teams know how to stick together.
To transform your own business team into one for the ages, you need to prevent employee turnover, and these tips can help you accomplish that goal.
Prioritize Development and Advancement
No one likes feeling as if he or she is stuck in a dead-end job that’s going nowhere and trapping them there. We like to feel that we’re making progress in life. When a job seems as though it isn’t leading to anything, employees may get bored, burned out, and up and leave; data about personal income and advancement opportunities says that they’re right to think so.
You thus need to convince your personnel that your company is going places and that their careers are as well. After all, would those big-name quarterbacks and coaches have stuck with those dynasties if they floundered or didn’t offer them big salaries, endorsement opportunities, media exposure, and the chance to win every year?
Conduct Internal Research
Ask the people who work for you right now how they feel about how things are going and make sure that they are honest. You don’t want to lose employees later because you were too proud to address organizational or personal shortcomings now.
Cultivate a Positive Company Culture
Teams with significant dysfunction rarely get anywhere, let alone make it to the Super Bowl. One of the first steps in any team-based endeavor is cultivating a positive culture. Do whatever you can to make your company one in which people want to work and thus want to stay.
With these tips, you can transform your team into a championship-caliber company.