SOMETIMES, a certain task requires a special team to get it accomplished.
If you are still working alone and thinking that things get done quicker by doing them yourself, you have not experienced the benefits of dividing the work and doubling your effectiveness by working with a dedicated team.
In fact, it is a rising trend that your income and productivity will be tied to your ability to create and work in a high performance team.
Creating an effective team can sometimes be a difficult task. This is due to the fact that people have different characters, backgrounds and opinions. Getting different people to work together for a common goal is in itself challenging.
Here are three steps to creating a successful team that will be focused, committed and achieve the desired results:
1. DEFINE EXPECTATIONS
If a team is created without expectations, it will inevitably fail. Expectations need to be in place and clearly defined. Let me share some tips on how to do this:
Give a solid background on why the team was created. The team members need to know their purpose.
Let team members know the importance of their role. Knowing that a senior manager will be awaiting the outcome is always motivation to get the job done well.
Make resources available to the team if they request them. You cannot expect a team to produce the desired results if they do not have the right tools.
The company needs to communicate to the team how their role in the team will help the company. Show them how the outcome will directly impact and affect the company and the initiatives they have laid out. Knowing how something will fit helps in building a puzzle. Essentially, this is what you are asking your team to do.
2. EMPHASISE COMMITMENT
These are both important factors when building a team. Select team members who are committed to accomplishing tasks. A personality trait that goes far with a team is the willingness to accept challenges with drive. Find a good variety of distinct attributes to create a successful team.
3. ESTABLISH CONTROL
One person should be appointed as the coordinator. It is important to note that this person does not contribute to the group thoughts and processes all the time. He only intervenes to keep the group on track to achieve the goals set by the team. Focusing on these three points will be a great start to accomplishing your team goals.
Always be sure to set aside time to review these points with your team. The consequences of not allowing enough time is backtracking, which takes even more time. Are you ready to create your “A” team now?
Article by Kenneth Kwan, an international speaker and trainer who specialises in creating attitude shifts using teambuilding programmes. Get a free report of “7 Transformational Secrets to Creating a Dynamic and Cohesive Team in your workplace” from www.DeepImpactOnline.com/blog