Well summer is over and football season has begun, so what better way to rally the team than with a conference call?
InterCall, an official partner of the Big Ten Conference, knows that leading a football team can be a lot like managing staff. With employees transitioning out of vacation mode and settling back into the normal work routine—just like players heading back onto the field after a long off season—managers and coaches have to keep their teams focused and engaged on and off the field (or the office.)
Well-trained, winning teams start with communication—between coaches and players and between players themselves. Here are three strategies for eliminating even the worst interference on game day, or just a Wednesday.
1. Huddle Up! Unified Communications Get Everyone on the Same Page
Whether it’s turning a fourth down into a touchdown or delivering a department project on time, meeting goals and achieving results is the work of a team, not one singular player. Teams, however, don’t fall into place overnight. It can take coaching, time and even technology to create meaningful bonds between teammates.
In the enterprise world, where employees on the same team could be a desk away from each other or thousands of miles apart, Unified Communications tools and collaboration technology can help to facilitate the open dialogue needed to work together effectively. Off the field, outside of formal meetings, UC solutions enable those one-on-one conversations and mentorship moments that build camaraderie and unite staff around common missions.
2. Call Audibles with Web and Video Conferencing
If your conference calls are starting to feel stale, or are doing a sub par job of holding participants’ attention, it’s time to fine tune your strategy. Given the rise of mobile conferencing and the growing volume of potential meeting distractions (social media notifications, email, other projects), the traditional rules no longer apply.
Keeping your team players engaged and focused during conference calls (e.g., resisting the temptation to adjust their Fantasy lineup) calls for creativity. Video and web conferencing platforms like Unified Meeting 5, with their ability to infuse multimedia content and live polling into meetings, refresh the typical meeting experience and deliver a new level of interactivity that keeps participants involved the action.
3. Study Game Tape with Conferencing and Collaboration Tools
Not all games end in a “W” and not every business meeting reaches its full productivity potential. This doesn’t mean that coaches and managers can’t take a smarter approach to identify weak spots and encourage improvement.
Selecting a conferencing solution that easily and intuitively records meeting audio (or web/video) and allows for simple playback and sharing can be a valuable safety net. By consistently running down your meeting highlights and lowlights, managers can proactively identify and address formation issues (e.g., too many people in the meeting who don’t need to attend) or other obstacles that are stifling engagement.
Just as teamwork is the key to winning at any level of football play— from Pop Warner to pro— the same can be said for businesses of any size. Fortunately, there are plenty of resources available that cater to the conferencing and collaboration needs of small family-owned businesses as well as global corporations. As managers head into the busy fall season and start preparing for 2015, it’s time to start thinking like a head coach.
What’s your game plan for grooming a more productive team?