Insights from the movie Top Gun to help you manage your team
Maverick, it's not your flying, it's your attitude.
The enemy's dangerous but right now you're worse. Dangerous and foolish.
You may not like who you're flying with, they may not like you but who's side are you on?
We all know how frustrating it can be at times working in this land we call VET or RTO Land.
Between compliance, constant change, juggling twenty things at once, and feeling like you're doing lots but getting nowhere; each day can sometimes be quite tough.
But guess what! That's the world we live in, and it's not just isolated to those working in and running RTOs.
So it's important to decide what your attitude will be as you go through each day.
Are you leading your team with positivity, support, solutions and a bit of laughter?
Or are you more like Maverick? So focused in your own little world that you're oblivious to how your decisions, actions and attitude are affecting everyone else?
We spend so much time at work that we think we have to be best friends with everyone, and know the ins and outs of their personal lives. Because the perception is if we don't, then we're not a good leader, and they're not a good team member.
What a croc!
We don't have to be best friends with everyone in the workplace but we do have to respect the positions people hold.
But this can be really hard to do when the person running the RTO is constantly cranky, negative and blaming everyone and everything for the state of the business.
FOCUS: Manage Your PEOPLE
Iceman You can be my wingman anytime
Maverick Bull.... You can be mine!
No one achieves success on their own.
Everyone needs help to do their role effectively because no one has the knowledge, skills and abilities to know everything and be able to do everything that's needed to run a simple, profitable and compliant RTO business.
So with the best of intentions, I wonder what's the real vibe in your RTO?
• Positive or negative – when did you last listen to the words people use to get a true sense of how they really feel?
• Is there much laughter and fun in the workplace?
• Is there any colour in the workplace eg paintings/posters on the wall, on people's desks, in the type of stationery used?
• Is there a 'them versus us' feel – whether that's management and staff, trainers versus admin, compliance versus everyone else?
• Do you play favourites – be is one particular staff member or a group of people?
In order to succeed, every role is valuable.
Regardless of how good your trainers are, if the administration team doesn't feel supported, then how will you eg get paid correctly and on time?
So have you unintentionally built a divided workplace or is everyone doing whatever is needed to help their wingman (compliance, trainers, admin and of course you)?
Have an honest conversation with each and every staff member to find out the Good, the Bad and the Ugly of working at your RTO to ensure you truly fly as one.
And then make sure you follow through and make the necessary changes because just like RTOs hate being in consultation sessions which are purely for show, staff hate being asked their honest opinion and then never see anything change after the discussion.
And here's my final thought:
It all starts with you as the leader of your RTO so please check in with yourself first to see if you're running your RTO like Maverick as he chases the trophy, or have you learnt your lesson like Maverick at the end of the movie when he saves the day.
If you're looking for PD specifically designed to help you manage your team including a Performance and Training Template for annual reviews
, then check out Module 9 of my signature RTO GROW Training Program here.
Dedicated to helping you run a simple profitable RTO business (whilst juggling everything else)!Tamara