When people work together for a company or business, teamwork is almost always required to make the most of each person’s strengths and shine the light on what they can offer to the group at large. Despite team-building efforts, pep talks, and meetings, sometimes the goal of teamwork is lost on ill-fated planning that was meant to bring the staff together.
When teamwork seems to fall off track, here are 5 ways the authors of Committed Teams: Three Steps to Inspiring Passion and Performance advise you can get a group back in harmony for the good of their pride, production, and the benefit of the business.
1. Create Actionable and Attainable Goals
Inspirational speeches, uplifting anecdotes, and overall company visions can be motivating, but without direction and set steps for team members to help achieve these dreams, the hopes can become too abstract to conquer. Wharton School Fellow Dr. Mario Moussa and Wharton School lecturers and senior consultants Dr. Derek Newberry and Madeline Boyer say you should “make sure that big, collective goals align with small, personal commitments that drive performance.” Along with sweeping ambitions, be certain that each team member knows what he or she can do to help make it happen.
2. Give Everyone a Clear Cut Job
It’s a blessing to have a highly-competent staff with talent, drive, and ambition, so make sure every team member puts their best foot forward and knows where their strong suits fit in best. Structure and clearly-defined roles eliminate overlapping of effort or leaving important tasks off everyone’s lists. People will work better with clear-cut roles and proper planning to get their part of the job done most efficiently. “Well-structured teams generally outperform those with more raw talent—strength, skill, or IQ,” say Moussa, Newberry, and Boyer.
3. It’s OK to Bend the Rules
While chaos is never an option, too many set-in-stone rules and regulations can hinder creativity and collaboration. Every new workplace scenario will bring up something that may not have been tackled before, so sticking a set rule on the matter before seeing what can help the business learn and grow can be stifling. Moussa, Newberry, and Boyer suggest companies “focus on the few rules that are likely to have the biggest impact on your team’s culture and performance: information-sharing, decision-making, and conflict resolution.”
4. Reflect on Successes and Failures Regularly
Most companies have monthly or annual meetings to mull over the major company milestones, both positive and negative. Moussa, Newberry, and Boyer believe this simply isn’t often enough to help team members learn from their mistakes or gains. “Remember that check-ins need not always be huge affairs reserved for day-long retreats—they can be as simple as a weekly stand-up meeting.” The greater frequency for these reflections will keep the team motivated and more adaptable to change when needed.
5. It Takes More Than a Great Idea
One or more team members may have a game-changing idea they’re sure will help push the company forward, but without collaboration and getting the group on board, even the best concepts can fall by the wayside. Encouraging the group to get together to turn ideas into action as a team is the way to make change happen. “Strength of will and charisma are not enough to push through change—work hard to get buy-in so that people want to come along with you,” advises the Wharton Team.
With these teamwork boosters put into play, any group of employees can and will band together for ultimate success.
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