Building cohesive and effective teamwork is essential for business, organisational or leadership success. Effective team building and teamwork requires leadership, clear direction and common goals that team members are aligned with and committed to achieving. Effective teamwork requires clearly defined roles and accountabilities, effective delegation, the necessary skill sets, the right resources, cooperation and team support. The capacity or processes to resolve conflict effectively are also important in team building and team development.
That’s a lot! So, where to start? The obvious answer is the leader. But the team can also contribute. Consider getting a team coach. All great teams have coach. We can help with our team building services in need.
KEY TEAM BUILDING TIPS
Here are our three most important team building tips to help rapidly develop a great team.
Invest the time to learn about teamwork – reading, web, coaching.
Take a planned and disciplined approach to team building and teamwork.
Get expertise and an independent view of team building and teamwork – hire a team coach.
Team building steps to create great teamwork
- Create and communicate a clear picture of the future and goals for the team
- Establish clear leadership
- Clarify team and individual roles, responsibilities and accountabilities
- Generate alignment with the goals and gain commitment
- Identify the team motivation needs and develop a motivation plan
- Invest in developing team and team member knowledge, skills and behaviours
- Establish team values and ground rules
- Make the things visible – vision, plans, goals, values, roles, processes, brainstoriming, et.c
- Delegate effectively
- Recruit or assemble the right people
- Carefully assess skills and capabilities against the required skills to achieve the vision
- Reward collaboration and eliminate competition that is destructive
- Communicate the measures of success
- Communicate progress
- Recognise and celebrate achievements
- Establish team processes and methods – meeting guidelines, brainstorming, challenging the team, RACI, etc.
- Understand individual member capabilities and aspirations
- Identify team competency gaps
- Manage conflict promptly and effectively