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7 Secrets to Building a Great Team

Creating a fantastic environment where teamwork flourishes is a top priority for many of today’s leaders, who are looking for increased productivity, employee empowerment and improved staff retention.  Here we reveal seven secrets to building a successful team:

Commitment

Commitment to the cause, values and direction of the organisation is important as it ensures that everyone shares a clear vision and the desire to work towards a common objective.  As a result, every member of the team will be willing to put the team’s objectives above personal goals; whilst personal improvement and goals are fine they need to be compatible with the team’s goals and those of the organisation.

Involving team members in the development of the company’s mission and values can help to gain their commitment and ensure that they feel valued.  Any time spent early on will be saved multiple times over in the long-term, by avoiding conflicts of interest and the potential for conflict between personal and team / business goals.

Contribution of team members

When building a team it is important to ensure that the team composes members who have all of the necessary skills and technical abilities.  Whilst each individual may have a different skill set, what they should all have in common is the willingness to learn and develop themselves and contribute their full potential to the team.

A team in which a minority of its members take on the majority of the workload will run the risk of burning out some of its members or lead to disillusionment due to over work.  If an individual is contributing less to the team’s workload, then the reasons behind this need to be addressed as quickly as possible; it may be that additional training is needed or the manager needs to review workloads and delegate more effectively.

Great communication

Strong communication is the backbone of a successful team and the key to ensuring projects are completed to a high standard and that deadlines are met.

What’s more, having clear communication channels in places allows your team members to offer suggestions or share new ideas, enabling the team to continue improving itself.  Staff members must feel they can make suggestions which will be listened to regardless of who makes the suggestion.  When communication is built on friendly, positive, supportive and open foundations it can be a vital cog in helping teams thrive.

Friendly communication is based on team members caring about their colleagues and having an interest in them outside of the office.  I don’t mean that they should spend hours in the pub every week together but a team which is welcoming and understanding of others is more likely to be a pleasant working environment than one where there is no openness between members.

An open communication environment is also more conducive to constructive criticism rather than a blame culture and, with this, comes the ability to address any potential problems before they become major issues.

If you feel your team could benefit from improved communication, why not challenge them to a Chain Reaction event or Masterpiece Challenge.

Co-operation: learning to work together

A successful team understands, not only, how to work together but also how to work with other teams, departments or even suppliers.

If everyone us pulling towards the same goal as a company then the company will thrive and have a much greater chance of achieving its vision.  There needs to be an understanding that, just like with a family, you can’t always get your own way all of the time and once a decision is made then the team needs to work together in cooperation to meet the goals.

Team members must be able to trust their colleagues will deliver what they say they will.   A team where there is a good team spirit and a common goal of high accuracy will be a good place to work as well as a productive environment.

Managing conflicts

It’s inevitable that there will, at some point, be conflict within a team.  Even close knit families argue from time to time and differences of opinion will always surface throughout the course of normal working conditions. Understanding conflict that will occur means it can be dealt with effectively, whereas where disagreements are swept under the carpet problems tend to fester away until they re-appear and are much more difficult to resolve than before.

Conflict which isn’t properly resolved can lead to hidden agendas and team members being overly stubborn whether consciously or sub consciously.  Resolving a disagreement in a meeting may mean the meeting takes a bit longer but will save time in the long run and may help to increase productivity. The ability to shift your mental viewpoint from a negative to a positive can make a vast difference with resolving any conflict within your teams.  Teaching your teams the skill to be able to see the other side of the story as well as their own can make conflicts much easier to resolve and potentially reduce the frequency of problems in the future.

Managing and preparing for change

Change is inevitable and companies who understand this and are willing to be flexible will survive and thrive much longer than those who are set in stone with rigorous procedures and methods.  It is vital to the survival of every business that everyone, from individual team members to the very top of the corporate tree, understand change management and have the ability to adapt.  We run a range of team building activities which can help cover and explain change management and adapting to new situations.

Team members should also have the skills and foresight to implement change; if individuals feel valued enough to be able to make change suggestions, your company will be far more prepared to meet and overcome any change in business conditions head on.

Interconnectivity

The last key is company connectivity; this is connections between individual members, between teams and the organisation as a whole.   When the team goals and company objectives are all interchangeable then discussions will be more focused on making the company as a whole succeed.

If your staff and employees all feel connected to the company you will find more volunteers for tasks without needing to ask.  You’ll find your team is more cohesive and a great place to work.

By mastering all of these keys your team building exercise will be a success.

If you want to find out more about unlocking the potential of your team, call us on 0114 270 0330.

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