Creating a team is like creating a framework within your business. When people work effectively together as a team an organization is much more likely to do well in regards to planning, problem solving, and decision making. This is because good teamwork enhances an organization’s performance by creating synergy, as employees bond with one another. As trust increases between employees, this cohesion grows stronger.
Hallmarks Of A Good Team
Some teams are much more successful than others. Many people wonder why this is. With this in mind, you’ll want to know what makes the difference here. It includes:
Successful teams thrive on challenging objectives. They’re truly motivated by these objectives and the effort, creativity, and imagination that’s required in reaching them. At the same time, it’s important that these objectives aren’t so demanding that team members feel they’re impossible to obtain. Leaders of these teams are responsible for drafting such objectives.
Every member of the team must also understand why the team exists in the first place. Beyond simply understanding this, they must also commit themselves to the team’s purpose.
Unfortunately, most teams find themselves short of some resources. Whether this is a financial resource or an intangible one — like a budget or a specific skill, respectively. Success lies in the team recognizing this deficit and coming together so they wisely using other resources to make up for it.
Members of a successful team must have mutual trust for one another. Unfortunately, this is one of the most difficult things for a team to achieve. A combination of time, commitment, and willingness are required to achieve this major shift in mindset.
Teams must also understand that things don’t always go smooth and easily. Times of amazing progress and periods when you feel stuck will both exist. It’s important to learn from both of these time periods.
Building a Good Team
Teams that showcase these hallmarks will truly succeed. However, it’s going to take some hard work and team building to get there. With this in mind here are 6 things you can do:
Make sure you only hire people whom you feel can fill specific roles. It costs more time and money to simply hire someone just to have them there. Inevitably, this also harms your team.
Remember that each role is valuable and treat it as such. This helps your employees feel they have a purpose. In doing so they begin striving to fulfill the purpose.
Helping team members communicate so they all have the same information provides a transparency that makes the team successful. Each person must also have a voice so they feel like an important part of the team.
Having both short and long-term goals serves as a solid foundation for your business. This provides team members with the motivation to work towards these goals. In doing so, they come together in a cohesive fashion. Make sure you celebrate each of these goals as your team reaches them. This also serves as additional motivation for them to continue working towards your long-term goals. At the same time, you should never allow failures or set backs to turn into a blame game as this will only damage the team as a whole.
Let team members spend time getting to know one another. This doesn’t mean people have to become best friends. However, by taking some time to socialize each month everyone learns what another team member’s strengths are so they can appreciate and learn from the person.
Although there’s a lot going on here, when everything works together well you’ll have a truly successful team. Never forget that each of these parts is important and you can’t overlook them.