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Rally your team to beat the odds

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When the odds are stacked against your team, you need everyone to pull together if you stand a chance of hitting your goals. Follow this advice to rally your team:

Focus on possibilities—not failures. The team’s actions could have caused the problem, but don’t harp on what has gone wrong. Instead, refocus the team on what is still possible.

Don’t stop communicating. When issues arise or obstacles seem too hard to hurdle, you may want to hide out until it all blows over. That is the worst thing you can do. Communicate frequently and honestly. Talk openly about the risks and challenges you face, but also share your vision for how you will overcome those issues.

Rely on your employees. You don’t need to have all the answers. You don’t even need to establish the plans and goals, especially if your original plans are failing. Pull your team together and say “OK, this is what we’re trying to accomplish … How do we do it?” Then together create a new plan to take you to the finish line.

Reinforce a “We’re in it together” mentality. You could very well be the reason that the project is falling apart, as could other members of the team. Or the problems could be completely out of your control. Don’t allow resentment among team members to breed. Instead, say “The past is in the past. We have an opportunity now to pull together and turn things around.”

Celebrate even small wins. People need to know their hard work is paying off, especially when things aren’t looking promising. Keep reminding them that you are making progress and that your goals are still in sight.

—Adapted from “How to Inspire a Group of People to Do the Impossible,” Lolly Daskal, Inc., www.inc.com.

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