Tips to Terrific Teamwork
ever wondered why some teams are so quick to work together and
others are not? The ultimate understanding is the chemistry. When
the chemistry is right teams work. In the event your team is not
jelling follow these six quick tips
1) Share responsibility among all team members.
This is one of the easiest ways to get the team to develop mutual
accountability. If team members know they must count on each other
then each member does not want to be the one to let the team down.
2) Get everyone to know each person's strengths and weakness.
This will aid in getting everyone to build on each other. We cannot
all share the same strength so when Sharon's strength can assist
Bob's weakness, it creates a win–win for the team.
3) Team as well as member role understanding.
Too often team members do not understand how what they are doing
plays vision of the organization. This is critical on an individual
basis as well as having the team know what the entire team does for
the benefit of the whole organization.
4) Encourage members to praise each other.
Like Canadian Geese
that honk along their flight it is important for team members to
motivate and encourage each other. One of the largest misconceptions
in business today is that motivation must come from management.
Motivation must come from within and each member can play a part in
increasing others' desires to improve and self motivate.
5) Get everyone to know something on a personal level about
This one is a
little sticky with some employees because they feel they are there
to work and not to socialize. While on the surface this is 100%
correct - it has been shown that when employees know something about
each other they can more easily empathize and help the team to grow
stronger. Key factor here - do not force the issue with someone who
absolutely does not want to share. Give them time to come around or
if they do not they may naturally see they are not a good fit for
this team and may leave of their own accord.
6) Encourage open communication up the chain of command.
When employees feel 100% comfortable in coming to the team leader
about issues, then the team grows significantly. Be careful not to
talk outside of class here. One of the best tools can easily become
a deadly one if the leader shares personal information. The critical
part here is to make sure the entire team recognizes this and
follows suit. Everyone needs to remember, you can do one of three
things when you talk with an employee or co-worker.
In one ear and
out the other
In one ear and
into your heart and soul
In one ear and
out the mouth
your team stack up? Rate your team on a scale of 1-5 in each of the
above power tips and see how your team scores.
26 – 30: Awesome
22 – 25: Good - see where you can improve
18 – 21: On the right track - now get everyone on board
Less than 18: Find the areas that needs the greatest help and conquer
them one at a time
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