Building Effective Teams -Thom Torode, MBA, CBC, CEC
Most people are familiar with TEAM (Together Everyone Achieves More), so why is it that we often see teams that could be classified as dysfunctional? On the other hand, some teams persevere and overcome almost any obstacle that’s handed to them. What differentiates the two teams? One can’t get out of their own way and the other always seems to have outstanding results. By having an effective team you will lower your stress while increasing your profits. While there may be many explanations as to why the differences, there are probably a few commonalities that successful teams have in common.
- Common Goal: While every team is going to have different blends of personality and probably never agree on everything, one thing is certain that at game time they all follow one direction. Being clear on that objective while establishing allowed boundaries is critical. Abraham Lincoln said is best: “A house divided against itself cannot stand.”
- Talent: Careful consideration of each and every team member, before they are part of the team. Members must be willing and able to perform the duties required to be part of the team. Engaged individuals who have clarity on the overall team goal is the only way to build a cohesive team.
- Conflict Resolution: Establishing clear ground rules when conflicts to come up. Conflicts can and will come up on a regular basis. Having a system where team members can work through conflicts themselves, prior to involving other team members has proven to be more effective then forcing a top down approach to pushing mediation.
- Interaction and Inclusion: Make sure that all team members have the opportunity to voice their feelings and input into the overall decisions of the team. Ask for suggestions that will engage employees. This also means creating a space for unpopular and minority view points.
- Communication: When things are working well and when they seem to be falling apart and going in a different direction then originally planned. Be clear about your expectations.
By following these guidelines you will be much more likely to develop a strong team, which seems to consistently hit on all cylinders. After all, when a team operates in a finely tuned fashion you will see a significant increase in overall profitability.
Thom Torode operates a successful advising, coaching and mentoring out of Morris County NJ. If you’re interested in learning how to increase your team cohesiveness, give Thom a call at 862-219-6890 to schedule a Business Assessment Review on your team.