Successful companies are made up of successful teams. When individuals come together to work productively and successfully in teams the combined effort can lead to great results for businesses. But knowing how to build successful organisational teams is the difficult part, it’s very rare for a group of individual employees to work together in complete harmony without a bit of a helping hand!
Teamwork development begins with prioritising team goals and objectives – the shared vision – over individual goals and fulfilments. This does not mean that the individual goals of team members should be sacrificed, rather a team that is made up of committed members should all share the same individual goal – to be productive and achieve their designated outcomes. Developing teamwork whether it is through teambuilding training or peer to peer group work begins with each team member understanding their purpose within the team, and the overall purpose of the whole team.
Another element of effective team building is developing teamwork through the promotion and encouragement of individual team members to share responsibilities and to function as a team. Teams that are effective and productive are comprised of individuals that share responsibilities and work together. Therefore if certain team members are lacking particular skills, other team members are encouraged to step forward and make up for the lack of skills with their own expertise. This supportive attitude motivates and empowers each individual team member to reach their own potential.
Successful team development rests on the effectiveness of communication channels. This is not just the development of an individual’s communication skills, but also ensuring that all communication channels are open and valid throughout the team. Encouraging team members to keep communication channels open by being open and welcoming communicators improves the confidence of the team to broach the issues which can sometimes result in conflict. By developing a team of expert communicators, communication channels remain unblocked and the problem solving abilities of the team are improved.
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