Navy SEALs are known for their dependence and aggression, and it’s one of the reasons they persisted past World War II. Their ability to complete a mission is almost legendary. While you’re almost certainly not doing anything as crazy as Navy SEALs in your office, the leadership processes of the Navy SEALs could be helpful. Here are a few Navy SEAL tips to help you manage your remote workers better.
1. Never Blame Your Team
The idea of “extreme leadership,” which ensures that the leader of a team doesn’t blame other people, is one that’s often credited to Navy SEALs. In the workplace, it’s just as important. If something goes wrong, try to avoid thinking that it’s an intrinsic problem with your workers. Focus on ways to help them change the situation.
2. Make Your Processes as Simple as Possible
If something doesn’t need to be complicated, don’t complicate it. This is important at all stages of management, but it’s especially important for remote office management. The more steps your remote workers have to go through, the lower their productivity is going to be. Simplify everything as much as possible.
3. Keep Your Focus on Priorities
For all of your workers, make sure you’re able to understand where your priorities lie. This way, if a remote worker starts feeling overwhelmed, you can redirect them to their top priorities and push back or reassign lower priority work. Create priority charts for all the different responsibilities that a remote worker may have, even if you’re the only one who ever sees the charts.
4. Understand That Not Deciding Is Also a Decision
Making a decision can be hard. It’s daunting to think that you’re in charge of an important change. However, not deciding is just as much of a decision as deciding. If you have 30 days to sign a lease and you never decide to sign that lease, you lose the office space. Everything is a decision, and not making a decision can seriously negatively impact your team.
5. Prioritize Training
It can feel like training is a waste of time. After all, you’re setting up your employees for something in the future, not something right now. However, training is crucial if you want to make sure that your employees have the skills they need to manage their future responsibilities as well as their current ones. For remote workers, training courses can also be a necessity so they can continue to be part of the team.
Sure, your employees don’t need to be in tip-top physical condition and they don’t need to be able to do everything and anything to succeed the way Navy SEALs do. However, you need to be prepared to lead your team like their work is as crucial as the work the Navy SEALs accomplish every day. For your remote workers, that passion for success could be an instrumental part of making sure they’re able to accomplish their goals.
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