At Outlook Partnerships we know it can be a struggle to push your team towards performing better. Building a team requires a great deal of effort from everyone! As a company who brings learning into the heart of your business, we have highlighted five points below to help you build an effective team.
1. Understanding What An Effective Team Is
Everyone has different strengths and weaknesses, so a flawless team doesn’t exist. However, there are some methods you can implement to ensure your team is working as well as it can. Having clear objectives and communication is vital. If you aren’t clear on what is needed, then how can you expect others to understand what is required of them? Cooperation is also needed to ensure the team is accomplishing things together. After all, TEAM stands for ‘Together Everyone Achieves More!’
2. Establishing Leadership
To build a successful team you need employees to trust the decisions you make, which is why leadership is so important. By establishing leadership, you are pushing your team to work effectively. This doesn’t mean forcing authority, but there are simple steps you can take to help establish leadership. These include: transparency when it comes to decisions, delegating tasks and responsibilities, communicating business goals, and by simply being honest and friendly.
After hearing the struggles that leaders face with their teams, we developed our ‘High Performing Teams’ workshop, which is great for:
· Experienced business managers building a new team.
· New management who want to gain ownership and commitment with a team.
· Any manager who is looking to develop their team building skills.
3. Connecting Team Members
Good relationships are key to building an effective team. Although people can work well individually, they need to work just as well as part of a team, otherwise they will end up frustrating themselves and others. As a leader you must evaluate the way your team works together and be aware of potential conflicts within the team. Your role is to talk through and solve any issues in the best possible way. You can encourage a better working environment by introducing wellness programmes.
Our workshop also helps to develop your team and build effective, long-lasting team dynamics by learning how to reduce conflict and increase productivity.
4. Team Monitoring & Reviews
Sometimes you need to sit back and evaluate your team to understand what they need to become great. By setting goals for team members you can measure how well they are working. By having monthly or quarterly reviews it will allow you to have an in-depth discussion about what is and what isn’t working. Our ‘High Performing Teams’ workshop can help you identify your ‘Team Champion’ and how to utilise their strengths. It also helps you learn how to recognise the difference between a group of individuals and a cohesive team.
5. Team Building
Team building activities are proven to help build effective teams. They don’t have to be costly and can help develop strong internal relationships and inherit a sense of community/ team spirit. Team building activities can be anything from having a chat over a cuppa, brainstorming solutions to fix a problem or doing something as a team to raise money for charity. These activities are built to promote leadership, teamwork and performance skills as well as providing a fun day for your staff to help them unwind and remember why they love working at your company.
It is your most important responsibility as a leader to build an effective team. Teams develop through the forming, storming, norming and performing stages and you can guide and influence the team to become high performing by knowing the right tools and techniques and having a little help. The tips above are a great starting point but our ‘High Performing Teams’ workshop is a fantastic resource to ensure success within your organisation and help you to reach your goals. Heading up a really effective team will also make your job easier!
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