Exceptional organizational growth is founded upon excellent teamwork. Easy to say, but hard to do. Certain beliefs and specific values are necessary for excellence when it comes to teamwork. The critical aspect of this team-making process is that it must be continuous, inclusive, and run through all organizational levels.
To build a great team(s) is to breathe life into an organization. Fostering teamwork is to allow talent to flourish. Improving collaboration is to ignite the passion and purpose of employees. Hiring skilled talent and inculcating team-building practices must be considered the backbone of every company’s growth strategy. After all, great ideas are nothing without a team’s collaborative effort and execution of a winning strategy.
Many factors contribute to the success of an organization. While some might think that a charismatic leader is all it takes, we know it’s not that simple. A leader always needs a cohesive team’s help and support to succeed. So, what are the ingredients behind a great team?
Here are some tips on how you can start to build one:
One of the first steps toward excellent teamwork is setting clear ground rules for all team members. The best way to do this is by establishing core covenants—guiding principles that reflect integrity, work habits, and a team-first attitude. They are your identity, compass, and true north. Don’t have rules. Rules get tested – people rise to standards. This way, you’ll be able to avoid any confusion regarding roles and responsibilities within your organization.
You also must ensure that everyone understands their role in achieving shared goals and how to communicate them, whether performing specific tasks or providing feedback on others’ work products. It’s also crucial that everyone knows what behavior is expected from them and everyone else on the team so there isn’t any miscommunication or misunderstanding later.
Setting expectations for the team and its individuals is paramount. Make sure everyone knows their role and how they fit into the team. Ensure team members fully understand their expectations, how they will be measured, and how their work fits in with the company’s overall goals. This understanding helps everyone feel more invested in their work and gives them greater accountability for their actions.
Great teams expect everyone on the team to participate and provide honest input. It is the leader’s responsibility to communicate this aspect to the team. Employees will feel more invested when everyone makes decisions toward achievement and a commonly held vision and mission. Of course, the ultimate decision-maker will be the leader.
One of the essential aspects of excellent teamwork is sharing the glory and celebrating wins. Sharing the glory builds a deep sense of team pride and promotes loyalty. It creates an “us” environment and builds togetherness. Celebrating small wins creates momentum and affirms the strategy is working. In addition, sharing credit fosters camaraderie among team members, leading to greater productivity within your organization.
Discussing mistakes could be difficult, especially if the error was made by someone else on your team. However, there is no more significant learning experience than reviewing what went wrong and how to proceed moving forward. Blame is not part of this process. Instead, these moments are invaluable in understanding and learning from these mistakes. This will help ensure that they don’t happen again, saving you time and money and primarily bonding your team together.
Communication is a crucial aspect of teamwork. When you genuinely communicate with your team members, they feel appreciated and valued. This positive feeling helps them perform better as part of your team.
You can communicate with them by giving them feedback on their performance. Asking for suggestions on essential decisions related to the company’s future development. It would help if you also encouraged open discussions among all employees. Also, consider others’ opinions before deciding the future course of action for the company’s benefit.
We can conclude that a team of individuals with different skills and abilities will have the best chance of succeeding in whatever projects they take on if they know how to work together.
For the past 25 years, as a leadership and change expert, I have been helping groups of people form cohesive teams. If you want more information on how I can serve your team’s needs, don’t hesitate to contact me at Tom Flick Communications.