As you evaluate the sustainability of the team(s) you lead and its real impact on the organization you serve, here are six ways successful teams are built to last:
Team building is the process of turning a group of individual employees into a cohesive and strong team, and into a group of people organized to work together interdependently and cooperatively to meet the needs of their customers by accomplishing their purpose and goals.
It can also involve structured activities and exercises that employees can lead.
Internal Team Building Opportunities
With a little practice, groups of employees such as departments, product teams, marketing teams and more can use another employee to facilitate their group's session. Often the team leader will facilitate a series of meetings at which employees get to know each other and develop cohesive working relationships.
But, team building doesn't always have to have a meeting or a facilitated meeting to accomplish the goal of a cohesive team. You can build your teams by structuring activities and fun events that team members can do together.
Start with a department picnic using a couple of hours during the workday to visit a nearby park.
You can grill outside of the office and suggest that employees bring a dish to pass. Or, you can cater in pizza or a lunch from a local caterer or restaurant. The goal that you share with the employees is that you gather together to share some quality talking time over the meal.
You can sponsor activities where employees get together for fun.
Bowling, Christmas Eve lunch, painting pictures with the guidance of a painting shop, river cruises on a passenger boat, comedy club presentations, and baseball games all fit the bill. Really, events that your team can do or attend together for team building are as endless as the team's imagination.
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Using External Facilitation
When using an external event planner for team building, groups can participate in structured activities that are designed to help the employees to become more into an effective team.
You will find them most effective when they are customized to the needs of your group.
These sessions can include ice breakers, discussion topics, games, cooperative assignments, and group brainstorming.
The role of the event planner in these events is to help you reach your goals.
If you want to have an effective team that produces the outcomes needed by your organization, you have to pay attention to both process and team building. In fact, 80% of the success of a team is due to team building and cohesive working relationships. 20% is the process - knowing what to do.
See how important team building is in the overall scheme of things!
Keys to Successful Teamwork
Here's some tips to describe the environment that must occur within the team for successful teamwork to take place:
The team understands the goals and is committed to attaining them. This clear direction and agreement on mission and purpose is essential for effective teamwork. Team members must have an overall mission that is agreed upon and that provides the umbrella for all that the team tries to do. This team clarity is reinforced when the organization has clear expectations for the team's work, goals, accountability, and outcomes.
The team creates an environment in which people are comfortable taking reasonable risks in communicating and taking action. Team members trust each other!
Communication is open, honest, and respectful. People feel free to express their thoughts, opinions, and potential solutions to problems. Team members ask questions for clarity and spend their thought time listeningdeeply rather than forming rebuttals while their coworker is speaking.
Team members have a strong sense of belonging to the group. They experience a deep commitment to the group’s decisions and actions.
Team members are viewed as unique people with irreplaceable experiences, points of view, knowledge, and opinions to contribute. After all, the purpose of forming a team is to take advantage of the differences.
Creativity, innovation, and different viewpoints are expected and encouraged.
The team is able to constantly examine itself and continuously improve its processes, practices, and the interaction of team members.
The team has agreed upon procedures for diagnosing, analyzing, and resolving teamwork problems and conflicts.
Participative leadership is practiced in leading meetings, assigning tasks, recording decisions and commitments, assessing progress, holding team members accountable, and providing direction for the team.
Members of the team make high quality decisions together and have the support and commitment of the group to carry out the decisions made. They also gain the support and commitment of the people they report to in order to accomplish and communicate the team's progress and success.
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