San Diego, August 2024

Barrel O’Monkeyz is hosting an AI “experts” panel in early August in San Diego. We are looking for 2 to 3 AI experts to engage in a one-hour fireside chat about how AI can be used in the world of finance.

We plan to have 15 high profile CFOs from the San Diego area exchanging ideas, plus other CEOs, company presidents, and entrepreneurs in attendance.

Interested? If so, reach out to me, Paul June, at (310) 503-1149 or [email protected] .

By now you’ve probably got plans for the Fourth of July—maybe the beach, a cookout, a hike in the mountains, or some kind of get-together with family and friends before you top it all off with fireworks. Also by now, you and your employees are probably thinking more about the Fourth and the long weekend that follows than you are about the work week.

As a manager or small business owner, you’ve probably seen and experienced this kind of distraction countless times whenever there’s a holiday approaching. At times like these, how do you keep your team engaged and focused on the task at hand?

Consider these team building and team engagement tips, and how you might apply them to your own situation:

Everyone Needs Skin in the Game

All employees, independent contractors, and suppliers have skin in the game, if for no other reason than they want to remain gainfully employed or financially connected to your business. However, the days of the “do your job or you’re out” management style are long gone. Team performance is not bolstered by wielding a big stick. Team members need to understand their roles, how what they do affects other team members, and how they contribute to the big picture. They also need to know that if the company does well, they’ll do well too—not only in the form of a regular paycheck and job security, but in the form of recognition for their contributions, either through words of praise or other perks such as extra time off or financial rewards.

Lead by Example

What message does it send to your team if you’re always bugging out before a holiday, stretching what might already be a 3-day long weekend into something more? Sure, you’re the boss and you work hard, but modeling the kind of behavior you want to see in your staff goes a long way to boosting team cohesiveness and effectiveness.

No One Left Behind

If you’re truly a team, then you need to act like one. No individual should be doing the lion’s share of the work, slogging through long hours, staying late on nights and weekends, while teammates enjoy a lighter load. Extra hours are unavoidable, especially when deadlines loom—but there’s an old saying that’s worth repeating: “Many hands make light work.” Many hands also build team collaboration and boost morale.

Let Others Take the Reins

You may be the boss, but you can’t always take the lead (or should you have to). People get more invested in outcomes when they’re responsible and accountable for the results. Presumably, your team represents a group with diverse skills, talents, and strengths. Why else would you have hired them? Let members take ownership of particular areas as appropriate. They’ll feel good about themselves, become more engaged, and you’ll get to focus on the bigger picture. You’ll also be helping to grow the leadership and management skills of your people.

Offer Real-Time Feedback

The time to recognize someone for a job well done is when it happens—not 3, 4, 5, or more months down the road when it’s time for the person’s annual review. By then, the moment will have passed and it’s quite possible the employee may harbor some resentment because you said/did nothing at the time. So say something! Or write a quick email, text, or thank you note. The few seconds it takes to do so will be well worth it. And even if the feedback is not positive, there’s still no time like the present. Knowing something didn’t go well or wasn’t done right will help the person learn and avoid repeating the mistake.

Teams Can’t Always Be All Work, No Play

Whenever I hear the word “team,” my first thoughts naturally relate to sports, like baseball or football teams. It’s an inevitable word association. The next association I have is with “play,” which I also find quite appropriate.

Teams play, they have fun, even business teams. The best teams work hard and they make time to play together, too—simple things like grabbing a beer after work, going for sandwiches at lunch, or enjoying a team bowling night. Granted, not everyone on every team will be best buddies, but being able to socialize absent the pressures of work and deadlines is good for the body, mind, and spirit. Barrel O’Monkeyz has taken it even a step further with our quarterly, The Gathering, a fireside-chat style team/community building activity that includes clients!

Whether you’re a “Mom and Pop” operation or a Fortune 500 organization, building a strong, cohesive team is a requisite for success in today’s marketplace. Strong teams know their roles, communicate well, and get the job done. They also tend to be more flexible, innovative, and they know how to have fun.

How do you foster team effectiveness at your organization?

Let’s Get Creative

Let’s explore making Barrel O’Monkeyz part of your team. We can act as your seasoned, outsourced marketing and creative team. Our barrel is full of talent and creative minds ready to grow your business and prove we don’t just monkey around! Contact Barrel O’Monkeyz Today.