Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Tip # 404: 4 Steps for Creating Effective Teams

Teamwork is essential to the success of an important project(s). However, lack of efficient management strategies and poor communication can lead to resentment among team members, especially when some employees are tasked with more focused responsibilities than others.

To combat these issues, you can establish an effective internal team, helping your organization rise to the next level. 

When It Comes To Teamwork, You Have Countless Resources.

When you walk through any mid- or large-sized company, you will usually see multiple motivational posters encouraging teamwork. With constant reminders about teamwork, why are more businesses not leveraging the power of teams and creating synergy? They are discovering that it is not an automatic result of putting a talented group of people together. It requires certain skills, time and resources to build effective teams.  

4 Steps For Creating Effective Teams.

To establish an effective team, you must be willing to recognize and reward good teamwork.  There are a number of components that go into developing effective teams, including these four core developmental steps:

  1. Create a culture that rewards team goals ahead of individual goals.
  2. Respect your fellow employees.
  3. Respond to team members immediately regarding team-related projects.
  4. Reward employees who contribute to individual and team goals.

Establishing a new team or renewing an existing one is itself a collaborative effort. Effective teams are built by establishing a common vision, creating building blocks for communication and collaboration, identifying and planning for roadblocks and establishing accountability.

6 Skill Sets That High-Performing Team Leaders Have:

Skill Set #1. Express A Positive Attitude: Team leaders maintain a friendly, positive and enthusiastic outlook. Despite the stress or frustration they may be experiencing personally, they do not bring those negative emotions into team interactions.

Skill Set #2. Demonstrate Leadership Skills: Team leaders organize work tasks, people and resources in order to deliver most effectively on organization goals. They know their peoples' strengths and weaknesses, and know how to establish the team to capitalize on the strengths and compensate for the weaknesses.

Skill Set #3. Highlight Personal Values: Team leaders values are guided by a personal code of ethics and values. Team leaders trust others more when they understand and practice common team values.

Skill Set #4. Place Focus On Refining Interpersonal Skills. Skillful team leaders use team projects as opportunities to build and strengthen interpersonal communication. This streamlines the workflow, making teamwork more efficient.

Skill Set #5.  Remain Future-Oriented: Effective team leaders are optimistic about the future of the short-term projects and long-term goals tackled by their team. They see how their team's effort fits into the organization's goals, structure and corporate culture.

Skill Set #6. Understand Accountability: Team leaders demonstrate personal responsibility and hold everyone (including themselves) accountable for the outcome of the team and the organization.  Effective team leaders deal with problems and move on rather than play the blame game.
Executive Summary: Most great business accomplishments come from a team as the problem(s) an executive faces are usually too complex for just one person to solve. Whether you are on a project team, a vertical team or a cross-functional team, your team's ultimate goal is to solve problems and get things done with maximum efficiency.

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