The Web 2.0 revolution is changing how information is exchanged. It allows individuals, businesses, communities, and organizations to connect and share ideas, resources, and solutions in a way that is unprecedented. Collaboration is key to business success.
Team building is about creating a culture that values collaboration and encourages it. Ken Blanchard, One Minute Manager, discovered that people work better together when they are working in a teamwork environment. People accept and integrate the belief that “no one is better than any other.”
Many American institutions, such as schools and family structures, still value winning, being the best, and getting to the top. It is rare to find workplaces that reward and encourage teamwork.
However, organizations are working to value diverse ideas, backgrounds, experiences, and people. Collaboration, co-creation, and cooperation are values being promoted and embraced in organizational development as part of the global social transformation.
Over the past 13 years, I have consulted much senior management, educational, and organizational leaders. Here are my Ten Tips for Building Terrific Team. This will help you cultivate successful teams, encourage creative innovation, and achieve optimal results in your business or company.
TEN TIPS FOR BUILDING TERRIFIC TEAM TEAMS
1. Communicate Clear Expectations.
It is vital that all team members understand why they are working together and how their roles, functions, outcomes, and contributions contribute to the overall success of the company, its clients, and coworkers. The ability to communicate the vision, mission, and values of the company clearly as a leader will drive the team forward.
2. At team meetings, have an agenda that includes objectives.
You should allow time for progress updates and discussion. This can be especially beneficial if the facilitator has been trained in Cross-Cultural awareness or Marshall Rosenberg’s Non-Violent Communications practices. These techniques can help to keep diverse teams focused and cohesive, encourage participation, and diffuse stagnation. Static environments are not conducive to creativity, innovation, and the birth of solutions. Is it possible to raise concerns and clarify misunderstandings with your team and get them addressed?
3. In your brainstorming meetings, include your consultants and independent contractors.
A common mistake made by organizations is not including consultants and independent contractors at staff meetings, project updates, long-term goals, and vision. Your consultants will be more useful if they are involved in the discussions and sessions that affect your organization’s direction, growth, and direction. Consultants are often natural networkers and have access to a wealth of resources. Consultants can be an essential contributor to your company’s growth and long-term success.
4. Create an environment where everyone can see the value in the diverse talents of the team.
This is not only about their skill sets and expertise but also from a person’s perspective. Consider investing in the Myers Briggs assessment and DISC training for your workplace if the team is involved in a long-term project.
5. Set up a recognition or rewards program.
There are many low-cost and non-expensive ways to recognize team members for their hard work.
6. Incorporate fun and shared events into your organization’s agenda.
Potluck lunches can be organized. You could also take your team to a cultural performance. You can host dinners at local restaurants (including the families of your associates) or schedule an outdoor event like hiking, biking, or river rafting.
7. Encourage collaboration and leadership models in your workplace.
Reject traditional hierarchical leadership models. They are harmful to the human spirit, can cause distrust, and create a competitive environment. For team performance, focus on cooperative models. Rotating facilitators to your monthly or weekly meetings is one way you can start this shift. Another effective strategy is to appoint co-managers to manage a project.
8. Give and receive feedback.
The Dalai Lama stressed the importance of dialogue during his recent US visit. He also highlighted the need for education and training opportunities in today’s complex and diverse society. Are you and your team proficient in active listening, questioning, clarification, and other non-defensive communication methods that allow you and your colleagues to share your needs and create new solutions together?
9. Offer resources.
Expecting people to do their best without the resources and tools they need to achieve results they are proud of is one of the worst ways to cause chaos and decrease motivation, performance, and morale. Make sure that everyone has access to the essential information and tools, as well as ergonomic, healthy workstations.
10. For your workplace, form a Green Team.
Your people can help you raise awareness about energy-saving opportunities and how to contribute to a sustainable and healthy environment. Passion can be ignited by allowing others to lead and take responsibility. For employees who are looking to make a positive impact on their workplace, a green team can be very motivating.
To make your dream come true, you need to work together!
Sheryl R. Sever (Shera) is an accomplished trainer and consultant in organizational development.
For over 15 years, she has been training and consulting corporate and educational leaders. She is a passionate presenter and speaker who shares her passion for talent management, leadership, and change, as well as innovation in the workplace. Recent clients include McGraw-Hill Publishers and Wells Fargo Bank Investment Group.