One of the greatest challenges is to ensure that teamwork works effectively. Many companies come to us to ask for assistance in building effectiveness and efficiency in their teams. All teams that work have the following characteristics in common:
They have the optimum number of team members
In a business set-up, a team of more than ten members is not effective, the lesser the better. This is because they are most likely not able to form a common approach, goals and mutual responsibility that yield results. Team building of a team of more than ten people is a challenging job. The relationships cannot be built by everyone and not all the members can connect emotionally. If you have a large team the best thing is to break them down into sub-units, this will enable them to work effectively and yield more results. Team building is also easier to take place in the sub-units. For bigger groups, we need to focus more on team culture, and that takes more time and effort from all parties.
They have complementary skills set
For a team to have ideas on progress they need to have a combination of problem-solving skills, technical skills, decision-making skills and relationship building skills. These skills multiply as the teams grow and the team members become more equipped and solution oriented. Team building also requires these skills. The manager does not need to solve all the problems because the team can solve it themselves and at the same time build constructive relationships between them.
They have a common purpose
This is the reason for existence of the group and unanimity of purpose is adamant for team building. The team should know the vision, goals and objectives of the team. This will ensure that even when the pressure is high they will sing the same song. Knowing the purpose of the team enhances team building and gives the members a clear mindset of what they are supposed to do.
They have specific goals
Ambiguous goals are one of the issues that causes teams to fail. Goals come from the purpose of the group. The teams that work discuss the goals that translate from the purpose of the team and each member is allocated work to do. This gives each member the direction to take and also the expected results. This ensures that team building takes place because everyone will be accountable to the group and to himself ,this ensures success of the team.
They have mutual accountability
The team members understand that they are accountable for their work and also to the team’s success. Everyone has to do the right thing and in case of critical issues all the team members know what they are supposed to do to ensure the team succeeds. The team members know that for the team to succeed they need to carry out their individual jobs correctly and on time.
These five golden principles are key pointers that each member of your team needs to know. It is your responsibility as a manager to ensure they know and also to support them in achieving the ultimate aim of great teamwork.