Is Getting Team Members to Reach Their Goals Stressful? Here are Five Tips to Follow.

By Joyce Odidison

Apr 11

Do you Sometimes Face a Situation Where a Team Member Needs More Support Than Anticipated to Reach Their Goals?

Joyce, my team members are not meeting targets, I need to talk strategies”. This is a familiar line from my leadership coaching sessions.

Getting team members to reach their goals can be a stressful process for leaders. A lot can get in the way, especially if there is a pattern of behaviour that needs to be changed.

I often find that these conversations are best had by a neutral party without the bias of past behaviours and habits hanging on. It isn’t always possible to get help or to afford a coach or external support, so here are five easy steps to take.

  1. Setup a meeting to discuss the issue as soon as it comes to your attention. The longer you put it off the more upsetting and stressful it becomes, leading to negative emotions that can get in the way of a solution.
  2. Make a list of the key priorities for your discussion, don’t allow yourself to get sidetracked with excuses. Stay on course.
  3. Ensure that the key tools and resources to get the job done are readily available to your team members.
  4. Set new targets with clear deadlines and consequences.
  5. Build in follow-up sessions to these new targets, many leaders assume those are not necessary, but they are the key to success, and they reduce a lot of doubts, fears, anxiety and disappointments for you and your team.

If you can attend, I run a Leadership Coaching Bootcamp that is a great place for team members who are struggling to get the support and help to move forward. It is motivating for them to be among others who are clearly winning.

If you have taken these steps and still need help, join the Leadership Coaching Bootcamp and get 90 days of support and structure for growth.

Be Well

Joyce

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About the Author

Joyce Odidison is a Conflict Analyst, Coach, and founder of Interpersonal Wellness Services Inc. & Coaching Institute. She consults, teaches and coaches with mid-career professionals and organizations to improve performance within the workplace. She can be reached at admin@interpersonalwellness.com or by phone at: 1-877-999-9591.

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