When most people see the acronym T.E.A.M. their first thoughts are typically; together everyone achieves more. And, that’s a great one and one we most certainly use. However in this post, we want to show you another powerful way you can use this acronym; Teach, Enforce, Advocate and Model.
We believe this one fits influencers, entrepreneurs, small business owners, network marketers and so on — perfectly.
It encompasses some of the more common traits the best leaders have and touches on a few that are sometimes forgotten or overlooked. Now of course these can be modified and/or adapted to fit your specific needs but it shouldn’t take away from the underlying definition.
Let’s get started.
T.E.A.M. Teach, Enforce, Avocate, Model
What we are going to do is break each of the ‘letters‘ down for you paired with an example or two for reference. Once you’ve gone through each of them, take a few minutes to figure out how you can apply them in your own business. It’s great to do this as your go through because then, it’s fresh in your mind.
This is probably one of the more obvious ones, right? Teaching should include your prospects, customers, team members and colleagues. Think of ways that you can always find lessons that others can benefit from and relate to. Maybe you teach best through what you learned through your own mistakes or, teach your audience something that you are great at!
Teaching is always a great way for others to view you as an expert in your niche. It can be delivered through a variety of mediums too;
- social posts
… and so on. Select the one(s) that fit best for you and, get it out there!
Sounds a bit militant but please know it does not need to be at all. There are different things we can enforce with others; boundaries, deadlines, expectations, etc. More than anything, the enforcement should (or could) be personal for you. Be clear with how you make yourself available to others, the resect you give to receive, how you adhere to commitments and so on.
Now, there may be things you need to enforce with others but since you are striving for leadership or influence you want to be very mindful how you convey that enforcement.
Since many of our readers are in the relationship marketing business this one is huge. You want to advocate for your customers needs and wants. Be vocal with your company or colleagues that customer care should always be a top priority. Use your voice to impact others and speak up for those who are still finding theirs.
Advocate in T.E.A.M. will definitely look different depending on your niche but the bottom line is that if you have customers there are a ton of opportunities this can be implemented. Additionally, speaking up for someone or ‘having someone’s back‘ when they need support goes a long way for long lasting professional (and personal) relationships.
Last but certainly not least, the ‘M‘ in T.E.A.M. is probably among the most important. Modelling what you expect of others is critical in a team environment, right? People are looking to you for support, mentorship or guidance — give them something good to look up to.
People who are customers or team members of yours are looking for the things you do more than the things you say. How can someone buy in to something you’re selling if you’re not using the products or tools yourself? Model the right behaviors and you will create loyal fans and loyal partners.
We hope you’ve enjoyed our take on the acronym T.E.A.M., and naturally are curious if there are other ways of using this one that you are familiar with. Look forward to reading your comments!
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