At the core of the process, effective team building can create an environment that fosters respect, trust, and maturity among all team members. The process of building teams is one that calls for the traditional “Family Unit” or Father Knows Best model, which is top-down, to replace with an adult-led model of collaboration that is accountable to each individual member of the group. It requires a shift in how things are conducted. Giving the accounting department a T-shirt that is titled “Bob’s Bean Counting Team” is not enough to create the definition of a team. Look over the seven elements listed below and think about which of them you are able to say you have applied to your company.
1. Managers serve as facilitators
You manage things when you lead the people. The way leading a successful team builder gives a clear description of the goals and mission and makes sure that the team is equipped with knowledge or experience and tools to achieve the goal. The team is able to accomplish the task while the manager assigns them what they require and tracks the development of the team.
2. Members of the team are empowered
The role of the leader is to assist and supervise. It is the team’s responsibility to accomplish the desired goal. If you’re a micromanager, you’re not a team-builder. Building trust and confidence in the abilities of the team is more than just an emotional boost, and it creates a sense of obligation to get the job completed and done correctly to prove faith and trust.
3. Communication open
If you are a part of an organization with enough trust in its members, they will have easy access to information as well as people beyond their departments. Access to information that flows freely is another indicator of empowerment. It’s similar to giving every member the ability to use their own search engine for details about the company. How many times have you referred to Google for information on an issue or issue? Imagine how much impact it would have on problem-solving If every member of your team could use the equivalent of an organization’s Google.
4. Collaborative teams
Firms with solid team-building capabilities will frequently assign team members of different roles to tackle a similar problem. If it’s a major launch or a massive installation on a client’s location, employees from accounting, sales operations, and even human resources might be assigned to devise the most effective plan.
It’s possible that this means no one is in charge. In an aspect, there’s not an official boss. But there is accountability, and this is an essential aspect of team building. Employees are looking to be accountable. Teams naturally want to be accountable. The evaluation of accountability is a crucial role of leadership.
6. Training for team building is an investment in team building
It’s not enough to wave the wand to declare, “Presto, we now have a team.” Building teams, as well as being aware of the importance and ability to lead, are skills that need to be learned and strengthened. Suppose the company is serious about this and has budgets allocated to training in team building. Particularly important is equipping leaders with the skills to allow them to act as coaches and mentors. This is particularly true for team members who get elevated to a leadership position.
7. Monitoring results
The team’s goals must be defined in a manner that they can be tracked. If you don’t have a way to measure progress, then how can you tell what you’ve accomplished when you reach the desired goal? Measurement and management of performance are vital for effective team management as well as the overall performance of the organization.
If these concepts sound foreign to you, maybe you should consider team building and training thoroughly. A business that operates as a group is more agile and can adapt quickly to market shifts than the traditional top-down business.