When you talk to successful coaches, CEO’s and other leaders, they often attribute much of their success to the people with whom they surround themselves. Better people make your job easier and they make success possible. Here are six specific strategies that you can implement in order to better attract and retain great people.
- Give them responsibility- People want responsibility. Delegate effectively and then don’t micro manage. Trust them and they’ll perform.
- Give them ownership- In business they say, “if you want to get ahead then act as if you were the owner of the company”. Let people have a true say in what’s going on and they’ll begin to take a leadership role .
- Know your core values and mission- People want to work for an organization with a clear goal and mission. Is it absolutely clear what your mission and values are?
- Right people in the right places- If you have staff or volunteers with key strengths, be sure to utilize them. People want to be successful at their job so enable them in any way that you can. If they’re good with numbers, spreadsheets and tracking, then ask them to help with budgeting and projections.
- Develop your own leadership skills- That means giving credit where credit is due, saying you’re sorry when you screw up, listening to the points of view of others, and become genuinely interested in them as a person.
- Pay them as well as you can afford- Like it or not, raising money is key to attracting and retaining the best people. Certainly you must execute on the above mentioned items. If you do so and are also able to pay them well, then you have the makings of a championship program. This is where a well executed sports team fundraiser can directly impact your program.
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