To BuildTeamwork brings success, workable team brings more successes
Like Henry Ford said, " Comingtogether is a beginning. Keepingtogether is progress. Workingtogether is success. What are wewaiting for, " Lets come together,keep together and work together tobe successful in personal andprofessional life.
Before you can start team building in the workplace, you need to understand what itreally means to work as a team. It is also very important that everyone else on theteam understands the meaning of teamwork. Work together to achieve this in orderto further the accomplishments of your team. Here are the presentations to explain“36 Ways to Grow The Successful Working Team.”
Teamwork: Simply stated, it is less me and more we.1) First of All, Knowing Your People : If you are a leader in the organization and you want to develop teamwork, youneed to have a good understanding of your people. Spend time with them. Talk to them. This way, you will come tounderstand what they care for individually. You will also discover what makes them come alive. That is veryimportant if you wish to win them over and initiate an organization that uses teamwork to its fullest potential!
TEAM = Together Everyone Achieves More2) Bringing people together : When they start working and feel the pressure, you will be surprised at the level ofeffectiveness and efficiency that they will bring to the group. Spread good performers, the average people and thebad performers evenly. This way, you can maximize the strengths and weaknesses of each member of the teams.The result will be a kaleidoscope of perspective that will enrich the overall performance of the organization.
Coming together, sharing together, working together, succeeding together.3) Choosing The Right Persons To Be Team Members : Each person should be given the responsibility for handlinga proper situation. If all members will interfere in every aspect of the work being done, then it may lead to ruin theoutput of the team. These are the facts that you should look at while concerning about teamwork or else your teamwork can lead the way to downward. So be cautious while choosing good team members.
“ The era of the rugged individual is giving way to the era of the team player.Everyone is needed, but no one is necessary.” - Bruce Coslet, Coach, Bengals4) Forming The Strong Team : In the initial stages of team development, management needs to establish clearground rules and responsibilities that give the team its sense of purpose. These management actions will help toremove the inevitable confusion and anxiety that normally exists as team members first get to know each other.
“ Effective teamwork will not take the place of knowing how to do the job or how to manage the work. Poor teamwork, however, can prevent effective final performance. And it can also prevent team members from gaining satisfaction in being a member of a team and the organization.” - Robert F. Bales5) Team composition : Effective teamwork requires good team composition. A project team usually consists of ateam leader, a deputy and several people with expertise in different areas. At times, there are also consultants whoprovide the team with the information they need to complete their project or deliver the service they promised todeliver. This is why, the leaders and managers of the organization need to ensure that a team is composed of diversepeople who are willing to work with others.
“Teamwork represents a set of values that encourage behaviors such as listening and constructively responding to points of view expressed by others, giving others the benefit of the doubt, providing support to those who need it, and recognizing the interests and achievements of others.” - Katzenbach & Smith6) Previewing The Behavior of All Members : One of the factors leading to bad teamwork is that the team membersdo not participate as much everyone does. Some members may have attitude problems for which the team hassuffer. If necessary, a recommendation from peers and supervisors may be sought for this purpose.
Getting good players is easy. Getting them to play together is the hard part. Casey Stengel7) Storming The Team : Managers need to calm any disagreements and smooth out the jockeying for status andposition that can occur. Management therefore needs to spend time addressing any concerns or issues and to stressthe advantages of teamwork in increasing overall sales performance and in providing opportunities for individualdevelopment.
Wearing the same shirts doesnt make you a team - Buchholz and Roth8) Not allowing personal issues to play a role in your team : If you do, it will quickly tear your team apart and youwill find more failure than success. Even though you want your team to feel comfortable and personable with oneanother, you cannot allow it to get to the point where drama and personal emotions are interfering with theprofessional atmosphere. Co-operation must be emphasized through team building exercises so that everyoneunderstands how important it is.
When we have a sense of community and focus, we create trust and can help each other to achieve our goals.9) Having One Common Goal : Hence, there must be one common goal for the group and each individual act shouldcomplement the actions of the other members of the team and vice versa. Each member of the team must be ableto sacrifice whatever personal views and interests he may have for the interest and efficiency of the team. It doesnot mean though that you should lose your identity as a person. What it means is that making the team moreeffective goes beyond whatever you can achieve individually.
A goal is a dream with a deadline. - Napoleon Hill10) Laying Out A Timeline of The Project : A timeline needs to be laid out at the beginning of business teamworkwhen starting a project. Everyone needs to know specific deadlines that pertain to them and when they need tohave their tasks accomplished. This sets goals in place for people to work toward and it gives each person a focus. Ifthere is not an end date in site, then employees tend to slack. You might even consider moving the deadlines up abit to see if you can get employees to speed up their work. This allows for more efficiency and ending a project notonly on time but before the deadline.
“ Individual commitment to a group effort — that is what makes a team work acompany work, a society work, a civilization work.” - Vince Lombardi (1913-1970), football coach for the NFL11) Developing Teamwork Requires Commitment : It is a two-way street. The managers and leaders have to takethe lead and the employees have to respond. This way, there will be cohesiveness and better harmony in theorganization. When that is done, the employees can simply come together, talk and pursue the goals of theorganization. They can also become more loyal to the organization in this way.
If we had as much sense as geese we would stayin formation with those headed where we want togo. We are willing to accept their help and giveour help to others.12) Giving The Direction : The team has begun to settle down and to establish its way of working. The managers cannow begin to exploit the increasing cohesiveness of the team and explain how it should move towards theachievement of specific objectives.
A team is more than a collection of people. It is a process of give and take. - Barbara Glacel & Emile Robert Jr.13) Sharing Information : When a team has reached this stage in its development, it can handle even greater levelsof pressure and performance and should be stretched for higher levels of achievement. The management at thisstage of the teams development should push for even more opportunity and information sharing and should createeven more important sales projects for the team to work on.
A group becomes a team when each member is sure enough of himself and his contribution to praise the skills of the others.14) Controlled By Personal Accountability : The issue of control may be a touchy one for some people. But really,without any means of control, a team can easily degenerate to chaos and effective teamwork will simply become animpossible dream. Teamwork control does not rest only on the team leader or his/her deputy. It is better for theteam members to be accountable to each other. This way, they can ensure better performance and top class act.That is teamwork at its best.
“An empowered organization is one in which individuals have theknowledge, skill, desire, and opportunity to personally succeed ina way that leads to collective organizational success.”15) Empowering The Team : Making your employees feel like they are a valuable part of the team. Everyone needsto receive positive feedback at times so that they understand that they are an important, contributing team player.Empowering your employees is something that every team leader and employer needs to know how to do. It willmake a world of difference and if anything, you will find that it only increases and enhances the strength of yourteam member which in turn improves the whole team.
No problem is insurmountable. With a little courage, teamwork and determination a person can overcome anything. B. Dodge16) Addressing The Problems Within The Team right away : Depending on the situation, it may be best to sort outthe issues with the entire team present. Working out the issues together can create a stronger sense ofcamaraderie. If the issues are illegal or personal in any manner, take care to address it so that nobody feels unfairlyjudged or exposed.
“ The strength of the team is each individual member...the strength ofeach member is the team.” - Coach Phil Jackson Chicago Bulls17) Collaboration : At the heart of effective teamwork is collaboration. People come together to pursue a commongoal. And they share their thoughts, their expertise and their very lives so that they can achieve the tasks at hand.This is collaboration. People willing to share, communicate and even challenge each other. Without collaboration,there can be no teamwork.
Understand this law and you will then know, beyond room for the slightest doubt, that you are constantly punishing yourself for every wrong you commit and rewarding yourself for every act of constructive conduct in which you indulge. - Napoleon Hill18) Having A Charter : Charter, while not totally necessary, helps the team decide its identity and clarify its vision,mission and goals. Sure, the broader organization has these. But once the team comes together, having a chartercan clarify expectations and leave no questions unanswered as to why the team is created in the first place.
Bad human communication leaves us less room to grow. - Rowan D. Williams19) Communication : Imagine a team whose members communicate? Sure, they talk during team meetings andthen work afterwards but they fail to update each other and fail to seek counsel together. Such a team is on theverge of failure. When there is openness and free communication in the team, it is easier to get things done. It istherefore the job of the leader to facilitate open communication.
“Conflict is inevitable in a team ... in fact, to achieve synergistic solutions, a varietyof ideas and approaches are needed. These are the ingredients for conflict.” - Susan Gerke, IBM, Leadership Development20) Brainstorming For Creative Ideas : We all have different skills, knowledge and personal attributes. By utilizing allof these different aspects in a team, more ideas can be generated. As more ideas are generated, more creativesolutions are generated, leading to better results.
The ideas that come out of most brainstorming sessions are usually superficial, trivial, and not very original. They are rarely useful. The process, however, seems to make uncreative people feel that they are making innovative contributions and that others are listening to them. - A Harvey Block21) Including Those Who Have An Imagination In The Team : It might surprise you that some of the most successfulpeople are those that have the biggest imagination. Always add a person with a big imagination to a team so theycan give their input. Make sure you put an inventive person with an imaginative counterpart. Someone always hadan idea before the things around you that you use everyday without thinking about them were created.
Thomas Edison, when asked why he had a team of twenty-oneassistants, “If I could solve all the problems myself, I would.”22) Creating Problem Solving Environment : Problem-solving is a creative skill that is very important. A problem solver canhelp a team when they are in a bind. A problem solver can come up with resources when a business is out of funding to buymore. He or she can find ways to use the current resources within a company. They can think of ways to handle and dealwith problems in a creative way. A problem solver is a good asset for business teamwork.
The Importance of Encouragement : We need to make sure our honkingis encouraging. In groups and teams where there is encouragement,production is much greater. Individual empowerment results fromquality honking23) Building Climate of Working Satisfaction : Lack of job satisfaction is often one of the key things highlighted insurveys of employees. Individuals working together as a team to achieve a common goal are continually developing.As they interact more energy and enthusiasm is created. When this energy is utilized, it produces results whichpositively impacts on motivation and leads to even more success.
Fun is only real and sustainable if it feeds off the teams purpose and performance aspirations. - Katzenbach & Smith24) Building fun with business teamwork : Especially if the group is working on a difficult project that requiressome serious brainwork. People tend to get frustrated on big projects. Create a fun environment so all of the peoplefeel involved and appreciated by management and their team members. This might include a company luncheon, abusiness trip, or even a team retreat at a ski resort.
The way to get good ideas is to get lots of ideas, and throw the bad ones away. ~Linus Pauling25) Connecting The Good Ideas of The Team : Bringing ideas together is a big asset to business teamwork. A personwith the ability to make connections is another creative piece of business teamwork that allows the team to bringideas together. Some people in the team may have completely different ideas. A person with the ability to makeconnections can take those ideas and help bring them into one product. The iPhone was created with two ideas;a cell phone and a computer.
“Pooling resources and working as a team will always beat individual Performers”26) Pooling The Resources And Sharing All The Skills Together : Even the best qualified individual cannot have all ofthe skills to do everything. Some people excel at coming up with the ideas. Others love the detail while there arethose that focus on the big picture. There are others who can be counted on when it comes to implementing andfollow through of a plan. The key point is that when a team works together, it has a huge range of skills availablethat it can utilize to deliver extraordinary results.
Teamwork divides the task and doubles the success. I27) Splitting Tasks To Build Up Speed : Imagine that you have a project that needs research, pulling together aproposition, financing it, implementing it and delivering specific benefits. If one person was allocated this task, itcould take months and maybe years to make it happen. By splitting up the project, work can move forward inparallel and the ultimate goal achieved faster.
A person or group whose reactions to an idea, opinion, or point of view serve as a measure of its effectiveness or acceptability.28) Acting As A Sounding Board : We all have a range of options open to us. If we are trying to figure out what isbest, we might never move forward. In a team situation, other team members can act as a sounding board, allowingus to cut through the options and get on with those most likely to achieve the desired goal.
Synergy is the highest activity of life; it creates new untapped alternatives; it values and exploits the mental, emotional, and psychological differences between people. - Stephen Covey29) Meeting The Team To Review The Work Progress : The manager has a responsibility with business teamwork todetermine if the group has a healthy relationship or if not everyone is getting along. Meetings will give the manageran opportunity to recognize progress and if the team is working well together. If there are personality issues orconflicts, they can be resolved quickly or teams can be reorganized. Meetings allow a manager to help the teamapproach issues for the project.
Teams are successful when they are focused, have a short cycle time, and are supported by the executives. - Tom Bouchard30) Supporting Team All The Times (24/7) : It is amazing the amount of camaraderie that is created in teams,especially when the going gets tough. People will often go to what seems like extreme lengths when they know thatthey can rely on the support, empathy, understanding, and encouragement of the team. Never underestimate thesignificance of this in achieving results.
“It is an immutable law in business that words are words, explanationsare explanations, promises are promises but only performance is reality. - Harold S. Geneen31) Measuring Teamwork Performance Continually : Teams have an amazing potential to increase the productivityof the organization. But teamwork performance has to be measured regularly so as to ensure that these teams aretruly working for the benefit of the organization. You have to work toward protecting the interests of the teammembers while delivering excellent results! That is the sure way to excellent teamwork performance.
The key elements in the art of working together are how to deal with change, how to deal with conflict, and how to reach our potential...the needs of the team are best met when we meet the needs of individuals persons. Max DePree32) Adjusting The Team According To Changes : It is common for teams to lose their effectiveness over time. This isbecause individuals come and go and due to changes in the business environment. Such changes providemanagement with the opportunity to reinvigorate the team with new members or to set it new tasks and objectivesin order to renew team effectiveness.
When a team outgrows individual performance and learns team confidence, excellence becomes a reality. - Joe Paterno33) Willing To Assist Other Team Members To Complete All Portions of Tasks : Attributes an employee needs tohave to be a productive member on a team are the ability to be a team player and possess the knowledge and skillsnecessary to complete their assigned portion of the work task. After completion of their portion, the employeeshould be willing to assist other team members with completion of all work tasks until the project is completed.
“The highest reward for a mans toil is not what he gets for it but what he becomes by it.”34) Rewards should be granted to effective teams : Most people understand rewards. More than punishment,rewards should be used. Punishment will only worsen things and bring down the morale of the people in theorganization. Of course, there will be times that punishment is necessary and called for. But rewards are far betterat increasing productivity and developing teamwork.
Teams share the burden and divide the grief. - Doug Smith35) Sharing The Outcomes Together : Being a team means sharing the responsibility. That iswhy it is also important to share both losses and victories. A team has to remain a teamwhether they are winning or losing. It is in the support of one another that you can all learnby experience and grow together as a team. Understanding teamwork is necessary forany and every business that hopes to benefit from it.
Synergy — the bonus that is achieved when things work together harmoniously. - Mark Twain36) Success should be celebrated : Business teamwork requires recognition of an accomplished project oremployees will not feel appreciated. It is always best to provide constructive group praise and not just individualpraise. Dont recognize the project manager alone but the entire team as a whole for a project well done. Wheneveryone feels they are an important factor in the success of a project, they will be motivated to work on the next
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As a leader of the team, we all have the ability to be excellent. Taketime today to look at this list and if it makes sense, decide which oneyou could implement on your quest for developing your teamworkand your team will become the “Excellent Working Team”.
It is amazing how muchyou can accomplishwhen it doesnt matterwho gets the credit. Thank You Very Much Sompong Yusoontorn