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Building Work Teams That are Successful


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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The Discoveries I Made On What It Takes To Have Top Managerial Skills


What distinguishes you as a great manager from the good ones is possession of a wide set of skills which range from communication and motivation to planning and delegation. Often times, the top management skills are so many, and some managers think they should concentrate on the management areas they understand most.  However, to be considered as having top management skills, I needed to analyze my expertise in all areas and then set out to improve on areas where I was most wanting. You will only be complete when you have the most diverse of skills, which sharpen your problem solving skills.

Required Skills For A Manager:

There are skills that a manager need to have, and if I were to talk about all of them, then it would probably take weeks, if not months. One of the most important skills that a manager needs to have is the ability to understand the dynamics of the team and encourage good relationship between the team members. This simply means that you need to understand exactly how teams operate.  Normally, teams will follow a certain definitive pattern of development, and experts have listed them thus: forming, norming, storming and finally performing. When encouraging and supporting those under you, it is important to do it through this process, and this has the effect of helping your team become effective in the shortest possible time.  .

As A Manager:

It is important that, as a manager, I must consider the aspect of balance when creating teams, so that I end up with a team comprising different sets of skills, people and perspectives. It is never easy to manage a group of people who seem to be able to get along, but teams that will be effective in the long run appreciate different points of view, and using their dissimilarities to be not only creative but also highly innovative. As a manager, you will be tasked to have skills needed to direct the said differences in a positive manner.  Thus you will need to introduce a team charter. Your knowledge of team conflict will be particularly important if your team is to be managed effectively.

As A Team Leader:

As a team leader, my ability to choose and nurture the right people is not just necessary, it is mandatory. I always need to find the great team members, and have the skills needed for the success of the team developed. When recruiting new members, I usually focus on the various specific skills that I need for the success of my team, balance different personalities so that I have variety in my team.


You would be mistaken to think that just by having the right people with the right skills does the trick, but this is usually not the case. It is important that as a manager, you know just how to get a task completed effectively. Delegation is the catchphrase here. Some managers, having earned their promotion purely on the grounds of their technical superiority, try to accomplish most tasks all by themselves. They believe that, being the accountable officers, they ought to do the tasks by themselves to be sure that the task is successfully completed.

For teams to accomplish a lot more, great managers will assign the task to the right people, and not necessarily the people with the most time. You will need to clearly outline what you expect to be achieved. However, it is not easy to trust other people to accomplish some tasks. But it still boils down to your team having not only the right people but also those with the right skills, who you can easily rely on to get the job done and dusted.


Motivating people under you is yet another great piece of skill that all managers ought to have. Motivating oneself is easier but motivating another person needs careful thought. People are motivated by totally different things, a factor that managers have to keep in mind. You will need to understand your team members at a personal level which helps you to motivate them better. You can stay informed about each of your team member’s information by providing regular feedback.

Inoculate Discipline In Team Members:

Instilling a sense of discipline and dealing with conflict between your team members is something that contributes your management prowess. If, despite your efforts, there are still problems with your employee’s individual performances, you are required to deal with it promptly. Failing to discipline erring employees will impact negatively on the whole team and also on your customers, given that poor performance of employees will impact on customer service. Working alongside team members who regularly fail to meet expectations is very demotivating for other team members, and if tolerated, it leads to suffering of other team members.

Efficient Conflict Resolution:

You should not allow dissimilarities between individual team members to progress to conflict, as this would also influence negatively on performance. You as a team manager ought to facilitate a speedy resolution to c the conflict, by being impartial and objective, so that members do not have the idea you are taking sides. You should also note that some conflicts are positive in that they can help unearth deep-seated underlying structural problems. Efficient conflict resolution means that you recognize conflict and stem it from the roots, rather than giving it a palliative approach where you try to suppress it or avoid it completely.

Effective Communication:

Effective communication is an important managerial skill, which you need to pay close attention to. Keeping your team informed on all that is going on, as well keeping them as informed as possible is something that you should endeavor to do always. Managers should specifically improve on their team briefing skills.

Many managers are quite equipped with planning, decision-making and problem solving skills because they are skilled professionals whose promotions are based on knowledge and analytical efficacy. Therefore, most managers tend to focus too much on these skills, thereby failing to concentrate on their other skills, such as people and management skills. Being narrowly proficient on these skills alone cannot make you to be touted as having top management skills.

I have been a team player in many organizations and I understand the frustration people go through because of inadequate leadership skills. Some of the people claimed to possess reputable leadership skills are lacking them in zeal and I find it worth that they should undertake some leadership quality classes. As an owner and runner of, I always meet with so many people and effective use of my managerial skills brings many clients, students and customers my way.



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6 Top Qualities to Help You to Become an Outstanding Team Player

The value of a team lies in the quality of its recruits. Team dynamics can be crucial to the development of an effective workforce; the success or failure of projects depends on the contribution of each team member. If your team contains more than one shrinking violet who won’t help to drive the agenda forward, your plans may not work out as successfully as you hoped.  On the other hand, our job is to make decisions but if this is being hindered by personality clashes with one of your team it can make life difficult. Team players demonstrate many qualities that help their colleagues achieve success. Here are six of the most crucial attributes of a team player.

Communication is Key

Team players are good communicators. They will voice their opinion willingly and not hold back from expressing themselves forcefully and respectfully. They are listeners who can absorb information and should not flinch when receiving criticism, but use it proactively to improve their own performance. They share information and don’t hoard it to their advantage. They will let everyone else know of any developments as soon as they happen. They will also willingly volunteer tips and expertise.

They should be Reliable

Team players should be reliable. The first to arrive and the last to leave, they complete their tasks on time and don’t expect other team members to cover for them when things don’t go as planned. They maintain their pace and don’t allow their concentration to drift. They also treat the other members with respect and courtesy.

Be Active Participants

Team players should be active participants; when meetings are scheduled they should have all of the relevant information at hand and present it with enthusiasm. They volunteer rather than waiting to be picked for assignments. They will volunteer a bit of extra time to develop a new idea (even if they don’t agree with it) and adapt their own opinions for the good of the team. If anything is unclear they will be the first to ask for clarification.

There to Help Solve Problems

Team players are problem-solvers. Instead of producing a series of excuses or finding scapegoats for the difficulties that the team face they will confront these head-on and ask for solutions to overcome these problems. They remain focused on the team’s goals and do not let their own ambitions override these. They will compromise and sacrifice rigidly-held opinions for the good of the team.

Are Committed

Team players demonstrate commitment. Staying after hours to help a colleague with a project, participate in social functions with the rest of the company, and do not ask for special favours. They are also flexible enough to react to changing circumstances without placing undue pressure on the rest of the team.

Finally You Can Have a Joke with Them

Team players have a sense of humour. Levity buoys morale during tough times and helps build camaraderie. It is significant that many of the top CEOs of major corporations are famous for their sense of humour. Humility and humour make the working environment a lot more creative.

The post provided was written on behalf of a professional payroll software solutions provider.


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