People in every workplace talk about building a team and working as a team but few understand how to create the experience of team work or how to develop an effective and successful team.
Here are some great ideas to support you in your team building
1. Commitment over compliance
Do team members want to participate on the team? Are members committed to accomplishing the team targets and objectives? Are team members excited , empowered and challenged within the team? If the answer to these questions is yes then you are well on your way to creating a successful team environment. If the answer is no then you may have then you could well be dealing with a team of individuals that are not performing and certainly not all pulling in the same direction.
2. Team Charter
An important step to building a successful team is to get them to come up with their own mission, vision and strategy to accomplish their targets and goals. The team charter could also include agreed team rules. For example everyone needs to listen properly to each other, thinking about what is said. Equally important is that there is a climate of trust and respect within the team.
3. Build Trust
Trust is the cornerstone of all effective teams. Without trust, there really is no team, just a collection of individuals working together. Teams need to develop to a point where every member trusts that every other member will do the work required and be an active member of the team.
4. Clarify Responsibilities to the Team
Often one of the main causes of team members not completing their work is not because they are "slackers" but because they simply do not understand their role on the team or the importance that their work will lend to the team. The key here is that each team member must totally understand his or her role on the team and responsibility to the team so the team can succeed.
5. Share the Work/Do the Work
The best teams are those in which each member plays a vital part. Therefore it is imperative that each member not only feels he or she plays a vital role, but actually does so. But sharing the work is only part of the equation. The other part is that once the work has been assigned, each team member must be accountable to complete the tasks. With individual accountability within the team, people cannot hide from their team responsibilities.
Remember that in every successful team the manager plays a vital role both from a professional and supportive perspective.