Without a traditional corporate hierarchy, your team will want to know how to expand their contribution and get rewarded. Essentially, they want a clear growth path.
They might ask:
“How do I move up?”
“How do I get better?”
“How can I contribute in a bigger way and get rewarded for it?”
The quick answer to this is to expand your team’s Unique Ability.
The definition of Unique Ability.
I like to define Unique Ability by its four key characteristics:
To go deeper, download A Beginner’s Guide to Unique Ability.
How to expand your team’s Unique Ability.
In entrepreneurial companies, immediate and sometimes unpredictable opportunities arise because of marketplace needs or demands. This is thrilling for the right team members, especially when equipped with an ever-expanding Unique Ability.
Considering previous work, collaborations, and experience, help your team figure out where they can go deeper. Help them know themselves better and have conversations about their value and the value of investing in oneself. This will do wonders for your team’s satisfaction in the workplace and success in their role, which will benefit your business.
Encourage honesty when it comes to needed support so each team member can be in a position to maximise their skills while minimising time spent on things they don’t enjoy or aren’t good at. The Kolbe and CliftonStrengths Assessments can help describe differences to optimise collaboration and smooth friction.
Identifying and expanding Unique Abilities in entrepreneurial companies makes it so everyone wins. However, if this approach doesn’t resonate with someone on the team, they may not be the right fit for a company that expects personal and professional growth.
Steps for how to expand your team’s Unique Ability.
Each team member’s expanded Unique Ability must support the company’s vision and value proposition for this to work. So, the more you communicate, the better, and the more likely your team will stay on board long-term to see it through—and enjoy the process because they’re in their element.
Allowing your team the freedom to be themselves and make an impact is a recipe for retaining great people who are engaged, energetic, motivated, and eager to contribute. Check out the Team Success podcast to learn more about how to support your team’s success.