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As a network marketing leader, you must be tired of listening to various excuses that team mates come with especially when there is no growth in their business or something just not going well.
In situations like these you are left confused.
And under the confusion you choose to let go and say that you are okay with it and that you will handle it.
The problem is when a team mate always turns up with some excuse and you accept them.
It will become easy for your team mates to walk all over you and your power.
To help yourself deal with your team mates excuses try the below given points and create a sense of accountability amongst your team mates.
Tired of Team Mates Excuses? Tips for Dealing with them:
1. Take Immediate Actions
Do not wait and anticipate that the team mate who is giving you excuses will realize his mistake on his own.
Or if they claim they are not working on something because of lack of knowledge then do not just wait that they will learn things by themselves and think you really do not need to be bothered.
Instead take instant action to put things in order or to show him how best to achieve that goal in particular.
2. Make Team Expectations Obvious
If your team mates have a problem recognizing your team expectations, then there is a simple solution.
Make the expectations more obvious.
What do you expect your team mates to do?
When do you expect them to do it by?
When you map out all of the things that you need for that individual team mate to do, then it becomes a lot harder for them to use the excuse, “I didn’t know I was supposed to do that.”
Make sure they know what tasks the team have been assigned to achieve per time.
Make sure that deadlines are clear.
Basically, just take steps to avoid misunderstandings.
3. Don’t Be Afraid to Ask Questions
After a lot of practice, I’ve learned that I can’t let the conversation stop after I’ve heard and acknowledged any team mates excuse.
Instead, you should use each excuse as a chance to dig in, ask questions, and determine the root cause of the problem.
If any team mates insists he didn’t have time to do a particular task, ask, “When did you start on this project?” “When was this project assigned to you?” and “How did you prioritize your time?” Or, when a team mates says, “No one from the people I prospected on LinkedIn would reply me back,” say, “Did you try following up?” or “Did you check your prospecting skills probably something is wrong?”
If you ask the right questions, you’ll most often prove—without explicitly saying it—that many excuses aren’t 100% justifiable (i.e., if your team mates had started that task when you first assigned it, he would have had plenty of time).
But more than that, asking these questions will convey to your team mates that you’re not just going to sit back and accept excuses without a word.
4. It’s OK To Express Concern, Too
Depending on the answers you get from these questions, there’s also a chance you’ll come across some legitimate issues that need to be addressed.
It can be tricky to separate a team mates who truly doesn’t have the right resources to complete a task from one who just won’t put forth the effort to ask for help—but it’s up to you, as a leader, to dig in and find out.
For example, when one of my team mates kept making the excuse, “I’m just so overloaded with work,” I was tempted to dismiss it as bad time management—but decided to take a closer look at his workload.
I went over his responsibilities and verified the number of projects he had on his plate, and I realized that he did, in fact, have more work than the rest of the team.
As a result, I was able to help him replan his work and—voilà!—the excuses stopped.
While it’s important to guard yourself against becoming a pushover—if you view every excuse as a lazy team mate trying to get out of doing his or her work, you may be ignoring some legitimate issues.
5. Display Disappointment
It is certainly obvious that you must not go to the extremes and treat your team mates harshly at least… It is his business and not yours, just that he’s in your team.
However show them that you are disappointed in them.
Maybe not particularly in words but demonstrate it in your actions and reactions that you expected more from the team mate.
You must describe them that their actions have not only affected you, but also the overall team’s production.
Soon they will realize their mistake.
6. Utilize Empathy
You must utilize empathy to demonstrate to the team mate that you really care and listen to what he has to say.
During this exercise try to be in the shoes of the team mate and analyze what is making him feel the way he’s feeling and he’s feeling so.
When you empathize it is not necessary that you agree or disagree to what and why the team mate is feeling but it only helps you to understand where he’s hanging.
7. Get Regular Status Updates.
Another way to ensure excuses are eradicated is to get regular status updates.
Whether this is through meetings, emails or other technology, status updates make team mates stay on their toes.
If you are supposed to say where you are in the process every week or so, then it makes it a lot harder to get down to the wire and say you don’t have it done. It also makes it a lot more likely that you as the leader will see that work isn’t being done long before it is actually due. Which, in turn, makes it easy to help the worker get back on track.
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So go ahead, share it with your team and apply these strategies and see your team growing.
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I hope this is helpful to you?
Let me know what you think in the comments below. And, feel free to share this with your teammates.