Hey y’all, Brent Perry with Business on Purpose.
As I am recording this, September is upon us. Which means football is back! High School football. College Games. NFL Sundays. It’s happening. I love this time of year. I was at our local high school football game a couple of weeks ago. It was the first game of the season, played at home in front of a rowdy crowd, and the atmosphere was amazing.
As I was keeping up with the game, I was watching the coaching staff having to make in-game decisions changing the game plan as it progressed. The play calling didn’t change. The pace of play didn’t change. And most of the offensive and defensive packages they had been in weren’t changing. Really, the change that was most evident came with the personnel (the players) on the field. Switching guys around finding the right positions. The left tackle moved to right guard. The center switched over to play the defensive line. The starting wideout moved to running back. The quarterback also became the punter. It’s football, these kinds of changes happen.
But it did get me thinking about some of the businesses we work with, and thinking more specifically about the personnel within these businesses.
So the question of the day…
How is your personnel? Your employees.
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Are they currently playing the right position, where you are able to utilize their full potential?
We hear it so often with business. The idea of getting people on the bus, and making sure they are in the right seats. And this is true. It is also true that as the leader of the business, you need to make sure you are finding time throughout the year to evaluate your team and make sure your game plan is aligned with your vision story, your unique core values, and your maximum effort to run the business you have dreamed about and built.
Now, this isn’t just about hiring and firing…while that can definitely play a part in this conversation, I am more interested in looking at the current “roster” if you will, and making sure each player is playing the right position.
Here are a few ideas for you as September is upon us…
1. Don’t wait for end of the year evaluations. I know that is something that has become common in the business world, but making personnel decisions (if they need to be made) should happen sooner rather than later.
2. Make time to review your employees and their current job descriptions.
3. Which brings me to 3, if you don’t have job descriptions typed out for your employees, you should start there.
4. Review your vision, review your values and mission statements, and make sure your team is playing for the same wins.
Having the right personnel in place can make all the difference in the world when it comes to your business. It’s up to you to make sure your team is moving in the right direction with the employees you have in house.
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Brent Perry is a business coach located in Tennessee specializing in liberating business owners from chaos. He is a weekly contributor to The Business on Purpose podcast and can be found at mybusinessonpurpose.com