Success in any organization today rests
heavily upon how well we perform as a team.
Unfortunately, effective teams never just happen; they have to be built.
1. Vision and Directional Focus
Actively engage teammates in a discussion about the future and overall direction in general, and add this to your own quiet reflections about what the team could strive to achieve. Write down your goals according to your thoughts and share these with the team to ensure consistency and alignment.
2. Alignment of Values
Spend time asking colleagues what they believe should happen in terms of work practices and share your thoughts with them. Avoid pre-judging whether you agree or disagree with individual or collective views until you have fully understood why people hold these beliefs or values.
What does your team look like? The aligned team has more traction and delivers better results with all members going in the same direction.
3. Team Role and Competency Clarity
Take an interest in finding out more about what fellow team members are responsible for doing and achieving and where their skills are strongest. Engage colleagues in a debate about your own responsibilities, skills, and preferences and try to discover what roles people might have outside the organization.
4. Ground Rules Determination
Write down your own personal list of team ground rules that you would like to see in operation to help guide actions and behavior (preferably in the rank order of those that are the most important to you). Use this list to talk to colleagues in the team and as a basis to agree to useful boundaries and standards that are common.
5. Performance Appraisal Effectiveness
Review whether your goals are written in "SMART" language (Specific, Measurable, Action-oriented, Realistic, and Time Bound) and look to align them fully with the overall goals and direction of the team. Review your own progress regularly and take an active interest in the performance of the team (both good and bad).
6. Team Learning and Results Focus
Think about and build a systematic process for all of your individual and team learning (both positive and negative) to be simply captured and analyzed to ensure that mistakes are avoided as much as possible in the future, or improved approaches can be planned.
7. Boundary Management
Develop an active and open interest in talking to other people in teams both inside and outside the organization to better understand how processes to deliver products and services flow across the enterprise and where potential problems or bottlenecks may occur that might have an impact on the performance of your team (and need to be managed).
The cost of ineffective teams is staggering. Example: 6-7 employees meet for 2-3 hours monthly. Given an average salary of $20 hour, each meeting costs $420. If the group meets 12 times a year, the annual cost is $5,040 for meeting time only. This does not factor in the costs of ineffective results and lost production because employees are away from their jobs.
If you are searching for a one-day workshop to improve your team's results, add value to your organization and reach consensus faster on the issues of importance, look no further. We can customize your workshop to your needs.
Have a safe trip around the sun today! Dr. Isabel Perry