Want to find out exactly what it takes to build and maintain a RockStar team culture at your workplace? Watch this interview to learn how.
Creating a RockStar empire is no mean feat, there’s hardly enough time in the day to look after yourself, let alone a team of people. It takes real leadership and a drive to build a strong team culture and get the best out of your staff. So when I met up with a buddy of mine Mike McHenry, who’s an absolute guru at creating amazing team cultures, I took the chance to find out how he does it. We’ll find out what it means to build a team, how to define your leadership, how to get your team to buy into your vision, and much more.
I met Mike at a Business Blueprint conference about 4 years ago and after chatting at the bar for a while, what really struck me was just how passionate he is about people. Mike’s been running businesses and building teams for 15 years and it’s so obvious that creating an awesome team culture is at the heart of everything he does.
His company, Superannuation Advisors Australia, provides audits of self-managed super funds for accounting firms, and while this does sound a little dry, his workplace is anything but! With a pool table, a golf simulator and table tennis tables, he has a kick ass team culture and a great group of people working for him.
So when Mike invited me to check out the office he’s built, I absolutely jumped at the chance. I was keen to pick his brain about what it actually means to build a team culture and ultimately, how he gets his team to buy into his vision for success.
The 3 Essentials of a Successful Business
According to Mike, if you have a business, there are three key things you need to get right, and they are –
1. Fantastic product that people want to buy – sold at the right price
2. Great systems to deliver the product
3. Fantastic people
But in order to get the maximum out of this trifecta, you have to get number three right. You can have the best product, at the best price and have the best systems money can buy, but you’re not going to maximise your bottom line unless you have the right people.
What does this mean? For Mike, getting the right group of people together has been 15 years of trial and error. You need to have a team that can work together, that cares about each other, that can have a bit of fun together and get to know each other. And until this happens, you’ll find it very hard to get buy-in from your group.
How? Care About Your Staff
The way Mike see’s it, as a business owner, you have a responsibility to yourself and the business to make your team culture the best it can be. Unless you genuinely care about their happiness, their sense of satisfaction and their success, you’re not going to get their best.
This revelation didn't happen overnight. Mike began to notice a pattern in all of his businesses, and it’s something you may notice on your own as well. It was as if each time the momentum was building and things were running smoothly, some kind of setback would occur. Mike’s business just kept taking 3 steps forward and 2 steps back, over and over again until it became obvious that it was happening because of the personalities within the business. The people. Buy-in. He didn't have it.
So How Do You Get Buy-In?
1. Believe in yourself
It’s critical as a first step to believe that your business is going somewhere. You’re not going to get buy-in from anybody if they can see that you don't have the confidence to make it. Fully believe that you have the right products and ideas to take your business to the next level.
2. Be a leader
Ask yourself what kind of leader you are. What do you want people to say about you? Use this to think about the values you want to set for your business culture. Check out the video to see how Mike describes his leadership style; I love it.
3. Define your values, and live them
Set the ground rules about how you want your workplace to be, and define the values that will generate that culture. Most business owners spend more time in their office than they spend at home with their family. There’s no question that if you feel miserable about that, then your employees will too. So make the office a place that you’re proud of, and somewhere you want to be.
How Do You Know If You’re on the Right Track for a Team Culture your staff will thrive on?
Ask yourself these questions about your employees, and you’ll figure out pretty quickly if you’re on the right track.
- Do they love their job?
- Are they looked after?
- Are they encouraged?
- Do they feel like they have a purpose?
- Can their potential be maximised within the business?
With great people, great product and great systems, it’s pretty hard to lose. But you need all three to make it work. A team that buys into your leadership and your vision for the company is an investment worth making. It took Mike McHenry over a decade to realise this, so take what he’s shared with us today and go build a kick-ass team.
Wherever you are in this big world, we hope you got something out of this engaging interview. Post your comments, share your feedback and let us know what else you'd like Troy and Mike to discuss. They love a chin-wag, so chances are they'll take you up on it!