By Albert Gibosse | Blue Label Weekly Magazine | WEBSITE |
Steps to Creating Really Effective Teams
Great teams help you get more things done better. Unleash the power of teams in your organization, and reap the benefits.
Teams have always been, and will always be, an essential ingredient for success. However, building great teams doesn’t just happen. That takes planning and tremendous effort to get them right–and to keep them that way.
For teams to work well, employees’ skill sets must be identified to properly assign tasks that are well suited to their abilities. Grouping people that will work together well will produce superior results, as they will build a sense of solidarity within their team(s).
Here are five steps to building really effective teams:
- Acknowledge the power of teamwork
Begin by, first, taking a moment to appreciate the power of and how to best utilize this tool. Deliberate on the results you want achieved as well as the tasks you think are essential to achieving them. Identify employees personalities you feel complement one another and match your employees’ skills to the tasks of the project, as a successful team project will surely maximize the talents of its individual members and the group’s cohesion that also includes combined energies focused on a common goal.
- Always Pick the Right People
Really effective teams require the right people to get the job done. Incorporate employees or departments that bring varied experience and perspective to the project. A great example is to include employees who represent sales, information technology, customer service, and that will provide a broad perspective on your project, if you want to track customer satisfaction using new social media tools.
- Delegating Is Key
Delegating authority and access will empower your team and provide each member with the required freedom and resources they need to complete their work. Set forth your guidelines and the team will follow. Telling members of a team what to do and how to do things can be detrimental. Instead, encourage them to help set goals, remove obstacles, grant access, and provide the support they need to achieve those goals.
- Monitor progress
Always verify that the team is working well together and that your project is on track. Always ensure that the right forum is established where concerns can be shared and addressed, successes celebrated, and project statuses checked on a regular basis. Assigning a team leader and/or redefining the project and reassigning roles can produce great outcomes. Allow the team to work through its own challenges most of the time, as that will draw individuals much closer together, and their success will foster confidence and camaraderie.
- Celebrate Your Team Successes | The Hallmark Of An Outstanding Team Is Camaraderie
Always ensure that every success is recognized and celebrated, and always organize a final team meeting to properly recognize and thank each team member for their collective effort that culminated to the success(es) and highlight the positive impact their work will have on your organization and your customers. As the hallmark of an outstanding team is camaraderie, the team’s success will build on itself making your organization better.