Building Work Teams That are Successful

01 Oct


Most every job in every place of employment stresses the idea of team work. They discuss building teams and working in teams. But discussing and doing are two different things. There are actually not many people who really understand how to develop an effective work team. In order to do so there are a few good tips you should follow in order to be successful in team building. This is a very important aspect in many different businesses and fields so learn all that you can to stay on top of your game.

Tip 1: Make your expectations clearly understood. Ask yourself the following questions: does each member of my team know what is expected of them? Do they know exactly why the team was built in the first place? If the answer is no then you have not done a very good job of team building. Before anything else can happen the way it should, each team member must know exactly why they are there and what they are to do for the team and the company. If they do not, it is well past time to sit them down and have a serious discussion about these things. Until you do the team will be nothing but a figurehead that has no specific reason for being.

Tip 2: Assess the competence of your team. Do you feel that each team member is participating appropriately? Do they have the experience and knowledge to successfully contribute to the team as a whole? Do they have access to everything they could possibly need to get the work done that the team was created to do? All of these things are vital to the success of your team. It must be built upon competence.

Tip 3: Empowerment and freedom are both important aspects to team building and team work. What are the boundaries of each team member? What is the extent of their power to find solutions? If there are any sort of limitations they should be set forth at the very beginning of the team building process so that there is no confusion in the future. Giving too much freedom and empowerment will not go over well in the end, but giving too little will stifle the team members who will not be happy in their work or their place.

Tip 4: Collaboration is also important when it comes to working well as a team. Without it there will be no real team work happening. Each member must know and understand what their individual role is so there is no confusion. There must be a recorder so all information during meetings is lost of forgotten. This person is the minute taker. If money is involved there must be a treasurer installed. The process of problem solving should also be well thought out and executed by all team members equally.

By following these tips you will find it easier to hand pick the best ones for your team and have a team that is on board with the entire group with the success of the company at the heart of everything.

Simon Johnson is a team building (interesting to know is that the Danish term is teambuilding) expert, sharing his great tips online and currently working for a Danish coaching company – Attractor.



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