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Upgrade Your Team Like Ted Lasso


Managers and teams have the biggest influence on employee engagement. The Harvard Business Review said that organizations with low employee engagement scores experienced 18% lower productivity, 16% lower profitability, 37% lower job growth, and 65% lower share price over time.

On the other hand, businesses with highly engaged employees enjoyed more job applications.

So, what are organizations doing to transform their managers into leaders throughout their organization? How are they developing your management style to take care of each employee on your team or within your organization? Listen to Ted Lasso, who goes from American football to coach soccer across the pond in England.

“Ted Lasso is one of the greatest ways to get happiness. It is a heartwarming show, but not a family friendly show,” said Logan Mallory, vice president of marketing, Motivosity. Mallory spoke at the 2023 Future of Work Expo in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida.

Ted Lasso focuses on his people, he gets the most out of them. For example, he helps Nate, the kit man, grow in confidence because Ted Lasso believes in him.

“In 2023, helping your team members progress as individuals will be one of the most important benefits an employer can offer,” said Mallory. “Your people want to feel progress, want to feel meaningful. This helps retain talent.”

To do that, Mallory gave three tips. The first is to create connections and community within the organization. Team members want to feel connected. They do not want to have to hide their home life.

The second is to encourage everyone to contribute. By this, he means to listen to voices and encourage people to speak up.

“We are no longer in a world where senior leaders are the only ones who speak up,” said Mallory.

The third tip is to learn to get over mistakes. Mistakes happen, but there is no need to dwell on them.

By this, Mallory means to remove sources of negativity, lead with vulnerability and prioritize learning experiences. Team members should let people know when they screw up and look at ways to become better from mistakes.

“Teach your team how to be a goldfish and let your team members be that way as well,” said Mallory, in reference to an interaction between Ted Lasso and one of his players.

Mallory then went into how managers can adapt to younger generations. It needs to be known, if not already, that younger generations do not want to be managed; they want to be mentored. Do this by meeting consistently. They want to feel supported by their boss or manager. They want to feel appreciated and recognized.

So be like Ted Lasso: “Success is not about the wins and losses, it’s about helping these young fellas be the best versions of themselves on and off the field.”

Edited by Greg Tavarez
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