Do You Operate Your Gym With A Sense of Urgency?
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A quick check shows the definition of urgency to be: (1) to act promptly; (2) act with intention to make things happen; (3) doing what needs to be done immediately. Here's what I see frequently in gyms... Many times, there are a lot of good things going on, but the business and staff have become stagnant because of a lack of urgency. Here's the deal. Without urgency, it simply doesn't matter when something is done... it could be tomorrow, the next day, next week, next month or even next year. However, acting with urgency can make all the difference in getting your business back on track or maximizing the opportunity.
Here are some things to consider if your gym needs a kickstart with urgency:
- 1. As an owner, manager, department head, salesperson, make your own smart, quick decisions with confidence. It all starts with you, right? This is a way of thinking you want to act on immediately, and your behavior will help train your team to act accordingly.
- 2. Identify obstacles to your staff's progress and quickly remove them. Take a look around for obstacles that are getting in your way of acting with urgency. In many cases, I have seen the commission schedule or the lack of one being an obstacle. In the end, a simple process is usually a successful process.
- 3. Establish a culture that is focused on outcomes, not individual tasks. Here's the bottom line on this: effort without results is meaningless.
- 4. Communicate consequences for inaction; clarify what happens if desired outcomes aren't met. Too many managers think consequences means they fire someone. This is not so. My favorite is to role play the telephone inquiry script in front of the group. If we're not setting phone inquiries or not getting shows, this will normally get them to memorize the script. Or, in the sales process, many times, we will roll out a Love at First Sight Offer.
- 5. Identify what systems work for your gym, and eliminate the systems that no longer serve you. Don't keep old, tired ways of doing things in place just because, "that's the way you've always done it."
- 6. Announce and celebrate small successes to demonstrate what happens when desired outcomes are met. For example, break a sales record and the entire team goes out to dinner together to celebrate. Or, celebrate when members sponsor a new member and receive their gift before the deadline.
- 7. Agree on deadlines and provide reminders. Final day for a membership special. Final day to sign up for a class. Final week on the referral contest. You get the idea. Then, be sure to communicate across many different platforms: in-club signs, email, phone, social media, etc.
- 8. Keep meetings short by always providing an agenda. Always have a planned, crisp agenda for each meeting. Don't allow the meeting to drag from the original intent.
- 9. When speaking, get to the point quickly; encourage your team members to communicate in a similar manner. Say what you want, when you want it and get to work. No long, drawn out explanations necessary.
- 10. Demonstrate leadership by example by meeting your personal deadlines. This one should be simple enough.
- 11. Hold one-on-one meetings to secure each staffer's buy-in to the team. Meet with EVERY team member and communicate the expectations and their understanding of each. You must get 100% acknowledgement and buy-in before you can get started, then be sure to follow up.
- 12. Follow up. It will not be good enough just to express your expectations; you must continue to follow up and train where necessary. The culture of urgency will never be important to you staff until its first important to you.
Now, go get it done... now!