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Gold Medal Employees

August 19, 2008

Assisting and inspiring staff to reach their full potential in a business is important to women entrepreneurs. I have always believed creating star employees requires a clear understanding of their position, consistent positive reinforcement and constructive criticism.

My parents were coaches and entrepreneurs. With the Olympics in full swing, it reminds me how similar coaching an athlete is to coaching and managing an employee. As a leader, first you must review and help employees perfect the technical skills of their position. They can’t achieve success if they are poorly trained. Secrond, they need to sense your confidence in their abilities with continued instruction and praise. Third, by utilizing constructive criticism when mistakes are made, you motivate them to perform better in the future.

Remember elite athletes constantly are working on perfecting skills necessary to achive their goals. By providing consistent training backed up with some cheerleading once in a while, you’ll create your own gold medal employees.

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