Successful Latina entrepreneurs are business leaders who have the ability to motivate themselves and others through management practices that set them up for success.
Through proper business management practices, a company is able to motivate employees to be more dedicated and efficient. This means they can produce the results desired in a timely manner, with less effort, while maximizing the use of whatever resources are available to them.
Making sure you are implementing the following practices can transform and streamline your business by inspiring employees to put forth their best effort and, in return, deliver their best work.
Here are the seven practices of success Latina entrepreneurs:
1. Get employees engaged
When employees feel alienated or like their opinions don’t matter, they tend to just work for the paycheck and their own interests, not for the satisfaction that comes from a job well done. Successful managers take time to understand their employees, better motivating each individual to follow and achieve the company’s vision. When employees are engaged, they become more dedicated, enthusiastic and productive. Employees who become a part of something – a mission bigger than just their job – become more active, more proactive, take responsibility for their actions and performance, and may even serve to attract new talent to the company.
2. Recognize their achievement
Let’s be honest, we all like our work to be noticed and recognized. When employees feel recognized and rewarded for their effort and achievements, they tend to feel valued, making them more motivated and loyal to the company they work for. Often when managers are trained, their training overlooks the importance of appreciating and rewarding employees, which undermines the value of recognition and appreciation. Remember that as individuals, we are motivated by different things, and recognition may actually be a greater motivator than money.
3. Show vulnerability
Vulnerability builds trust. Being out there and available to talk is one of the best ways for management to engage their workers. Great managers and Latina entrepreneurs are not just some anonymous figure to their employees – they show up and are appreciative of the crucial part that employees play in their success and the success of the company. When we are open, honest and vulnerable, employees feel heard and allow themselves to speak openly about their experiences and may share their ideas on the spot.
4. Be clear and intentional
Clarity breeds commitment and alignment. When managers don’t have to spend a lot of time clarifying objectives and reacting to conflict, they can spend more time building a team that knows how to work together and find common ground. Clear goals, benchmarks, and strategies allow employees to be clear on their functions, leading to effective team dynamics. Clarity and intentionality brings about better decision making, improved course correction actions, and overall efficiency to the entire team. As a team’s efforts and differing perspectives are increasingly welcomed, the entire team contributes to shape a clearer path towards a common goal.
5. Focus on creating culture
A corporation’s culture consists of the shared values that bring about intentional, productive and efficient outcomes. When all team members are hired based on their alignment with the company’s values, mission, and vision, the environment becomes one of your most valuable assets. This is why a diverse team with varying ethnic, racial, and personal backgrounds can be so helpful – it leads to improved collective insight.
6. Focus on employee morale
When managers spend most of their time focused on the projects at hand, they may not notice the overall wellness of the employees. Although it is crucial to make sure that teams are effective and efficient, employing strategies that focus on employee morale and boost solidarity is essential to developing long lasting team dynamics. As you ensure the health and ability of your employees, you can also take this time to reassess and realign the team’s goals and provide what they need, at a personal and a professional level, to deliver the most aligned and efficient results.
7. Be intentional and organized when hosting meetings
Meetings are crucial for the overall direction, communication and success of a company. Meetings should be held to conduct tactical or strategic planning, to set goals, to determine milestones, to uncover corrective actions that may be required, to ensure cohesiveness between departments or team members and to create a healthy organization.
Meetings should be scheduled regularly, with specific agendas and with the intention of allowing participants to clearly state and receive the information required to get up to date and lay out their status (what has been accomplished, what is being accomplished, issues arising and how they are affecting the project). During meetings, there should be enough time allocated to summarize, clarify, debate, and/or resolve any issues being faced by the company or in a particular project.
In the end, the appropriate practices for you and your Hispanic business will be the ones who bring about your ability to develop authentic connections for yourself, with all team members and employees, and with the corporation as a whole.