10 Tips on Team Building…
Want A Winning Team?
By Chrissie Kafalinji
“Teamwork is the ability to work together toward a common vision. The ability to direct individual accomplishments toward organizational objectives. It is the fuel that allows common people to attain uncommon results.” -Andrew Carnegie
Teaming up – Teamwork might not seem like an essential component of your business. Unfortunately, the true value of teamwork can only be understood once it has been witnessed.
If you are willing to experiment with a more collaborative environment then here are some tips to get you on your way to creating an effective and productive team.
Tip 1: The Vision
The worst thing to possibly do when creating a team is to assume that every individual has the same vision.
Regardless, of how similar they may seem on the surface, digging deeper to the core vision is of high importance. If individual team members aren’t sharing the same vision this may cause a disruption during the course of the project. If the vision is clear from the beginning then the outcomes will be greater, with no gaps that will need repair in the future.
Tip 2: Our Goals
When people share a common goal, they are often more willing to do all that is necessary to achieve that particular goal. Due to the amount of time that these individuals will be forced to spend together brainstorming and working. An uncommon link between them will eventually form and colleagues will become like family over the course of time.
Common goals are more than simply common goals these stand for common perspectives, visions and plans. Therefore, these teams will most often be on the same page and relatable.
Tip 3: Communication
Communication skills are everything, this is evident in our daily lives. When placed in a group, if the group functions on an equality basis then you will be put in the position to exercise these skills.
Once a group is able to master their communication skills then no voice will go unheard. This means that this group will be functioning at full capacity and will most likely be extremely efficient as often it is the communication skills that stand in the way of a group functioning as a strong unit because words go unsaid and arise in the future.
Tip 4: Understanding roles and responsibilities.
Many individuals within an organisation do not entirely understand their role within their organisation and therefore do not exert their full potential during the practical execution of in their responsibilities. This will eventually cause the misalignment of completed and current tasks/projects currently being completed.
In a team, every individual will understand their role as it will help prevent having tasks being duplicated within that small group resulting in everyone fulfilling their responsibilities. This will increase productivity and decreasing time being wasted on duplicated functions.
Tip 5: Review Progress.
It’s pointless to have one person study the “Figures” when the “Figures” are the result of a team effort.
Therefore, for review sessions or strategic planning sessions, rather have the entire team present. That way gaps, developments, strategies and weakest links can be discussed and assessed not to be criticised, but to be evaluated.
This will bring attention to problem areas or individuals at an early point allowing them to be corrected from the beginning.
Tip 6: Achievements.
A positive environment is a happy and productive environment. Therefore, establishing grounds on which to keep that positivity going is essential. In a team, everyone is able to celebrate the achievement of not only the team but the individuals within it.
Having people celebrate your achievements with you creates a sense of belonging, which is a human requirement and desire everywhere that we find ourselves.
Tip 7: Feedback.
When someone you don’t know offers you the advice you may be a bit more reluctant to listen or worse you might not even acknowledge their words of advice at all.
The positive with teamwork is that because you have been exposed to your team members for a longer time and are generally a lot more comfortable around them. You will be more inclined to listen to their feedback simply because there is a sense of trust present and familiarity which are human components that we need to function.
Tip 8: Challenge Comfort Zones.
In a team often due to a large number of various personalities and individuals with different experiences in one room at some point you will be forced to step out of your bubble.
This is a strong point regarding teamwork as for some individuals that are willing to try and learn. They will develop traits that were either dormant in them or not existent such as controlling a conversation with individuals that they wouldn’t normally interact with at all.
Tip 9: Create a collaborative atmosphere.
If you decide to take the collaborative approach, which is basically a formal way of saying teamwork. You need to ensure that the mindset of your employees has been altered to incorporate the ideas and mentality associated with working in a group.
Individuals will have to understand that in a team you need to work with others and also think in the context of a team. It means sharing in your achievements and disappointments as your team is your family. This means that you cannot be obsessed with individual glory.
Tip 10: Brainstorm often.
As an individual in an established organisation, it can be difficult at time to be heard. By creating teams, it presents more opportunities to be heard. When communication lines open, it allows for team members to bounce ideas off each other as well as find potential and flaws in their ideas and thoughts.
This benefit results in more strategic planning and implementations being made, therefore, decreasing the chances of failure and increasing the chances of success.
Team building is essential to any business and understanding how to create an effective team can be a valuable asset.
Although I merely selected some of my favourites, if you would like to add some or disagree with a few of mine. I’d like to know, so comment below and let’s start a conversation.
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