Team performance is the key determinant of whether your project will succeed or not. You may have ensured that you carried out effective interviews and training for your team but are they performing as expected? Team building activities may also have been taken to ensure that the team members can work to together. What should you do to ensure you have the perfect team? This means the perfect combination of expertise, personalities and experience to ensure that you have an effective team
There are five main characteristics that will greatly influence the way your team performs that will cause the success or failure of your team.
Desire level of your team
One of the things that may cause a team member to work effectively is his desire in the work that he is doing. This is can be coupled up with the skills and competencies.Team building will only be effective if the team has the desire to work together. A team member who does not have the necessary skills to do a task may not be motivated to work since he cannot do it effectively
Design of the team
This comes down to how the team has been organized from the geographical, functional or hierarchical point of view. The design should be in such a way that it enhances team building and makes it easy for the team to work effectively. There should not be a problem of undefined roles that may cause confusion in the team. The team should also know who to answer to in order to work effectively.
Whether you have a leader or not
A leader is the anchor of the team. The leader is the one that ensure team building takes place and that the members are working effectively. He also has a role to ensure that the roles have been defined for each team member and in case of conflicts he/she resolves the conflicts. The leader greatly influences the effectiveness of the team and if you find a good one then your team will be ready to go.
Role assigned to each person and the contribution.
For team building to take place each person need to carry out their role and contribute effectively to it. Some activities are interdependent and success of one task dictates the success of the next task. Each person needs to be given a specific task that he is accountable and responsible for its success. This ensures all members contribute and enhances team building within the team
This is the way things are done in the organization, the recruitment processes, the diversity, the races and also the style of management. An organization culture that promotes team building among the team members usually results in effectiveness of the team. A culture of hard work and time management ensures that all work that is done is done well and submitted on time. An organization that promotes professionalism also reflects that in the employee relations. This ensures that the team members relate professionally and this enhances the effectiveness of the team.
These characteristics can work in isolation but at the end of the day combination of all of them will bear incredible results in the team. They may look as simple things. but they are the key to ensuring that effectiveness thrives in your team.