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Build Your DREAM Team Develop, retain, engage and mentor “Citius, Altius, Fortius” which is Latin for “Faster, Higher, Stronger” is the motto of the Olympic games. In February, the world watched while athletes from around the world gathered in Sochi for the Winter Olympic Games with the quest of being faster, higher and stronger. It was the same challenge taken up in 1992 when the United States men’s Olympic basketball team, nicknamed the “Dream Team”, was the first American Olympic team to feature active NBA players. At that time, the team was described by journalists as the “greatest sports team ever assembled.” Inside organizations, leaders strive to build the “greatest team ever assembled” as well. It’s the stuff that dreams are made of and dreams really can come true – in Sochi or at work. While its true most leaders won’t have access to the NBA to build their own “Dream Team,” they do have access to four simple truths that can create an environment where employees can go faster, soar higher and grow stronger. It takes a game plan and it takes a DREAM. GAME PLAN Webster’s Dictionary describes a game plan as a “plan for achieving something.” Inside organizations, achievement is measured by business results. These results are delivered by people – people who are either engaged and motivated or disengaged and unproductive. To harness and optimize the talents of every player on their team, leaders at all levels need a game plan that executes on four major points: 1. DEVELOP – According to research by Career Systems International (CSI), one of the top five reasons employees stay engaged at work is the opportunity for career growth, learning and development. 2. RETAIN – The cost of replacing talented employees can average as much as two-three times that employee’s annual salary. 3. ENGAGE – Ongoing research by Gallup indicates that actively disengaged employees cost the United States over $300 billion a year on lost productivity. 4. MENTOR – People with mentors are twice as likely to stay inside an organization – stay longer and produce more. A well-executed game plan can help leaders inside any organization optimize the talents of every player on their team. And, any good game plan will have strategies for setting the right game tempo, capitalizing on what your team does best, and practicing daily to draw out the best effort of all players. Coaches of sport teams will tell you most games are won and lost by your players executing the fundamentals and plays that you have taught them in practice. Forget the fundamentals and forget to practice – you lose. By Beverly Crowell & Beverly Kaye Interactive Video 19 leadership excellence essentials presented by HR.com | 04.2014


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