One of the biggest problems in the workplace isn't down to the products or services a company offers.
Many issues are caused by the teams themselves that are within the businesses! The sad truth about today's modern firms is management doesn't often consider their team dynamics.
They assume that people with particular skills will get on just fine with others in a group. But, that doesn't necessarily mean they will end up with a winning team….
How ineffective teams lead to poor performance
As you can imagine, there are many downsides to building a team where you don't have the right people. First of all, there will be a lot of tension and animosity. Especially if certain people feel they are better than everyone else in all respects.
Second, there will be little to no team spirit. Individuals within the group will be more likely to go and work independently of others. As you can appreciate, such an action brings about another set of problems. For one, communication within the team will suffer. And productivity will take a nosedive.
When all these problems start making an appearance, one thing's for certain. You can guarantee that you'll soon have a high turnover of staff in your business!
So, now you know some of the main catalysts behind an ineffective team. That's something you want to avoid doing in your business. But, what are the secrets to building an effective team? One where everyone's skills and creativity works in harmony with each other? And one where productivity and efficiency are always a priority?
Well, it turns out you need a few key ingredients to create an effective team. They are as follows:
Don't pick random people to form your team
As a leader, it is your responsibility to build the right team. Doing so will mean that you can ensure your future projects are successful. And it also means directing your team towards a specific goal will be easier!
One of the classic mistakes that some bosses make is just to pick and choose people at random. On paper, the individuals they select might sound good. But, what they fail to do is consider the dynamic of the team they're building.
As part of ay selection, it's crucial to choose staff that are both skilled and are a natural fit for the team. Never pick people at random. Even if you do so just because they have a stake in your project in some way!
Make sure your team has a personality mix that works
Some managers have teams of people that are sociable and optimistic. But, what happens if you need staff that are also assertive and have the drive to get results?
It takes all kinds of personalities to build a successful team. For example, assertive and even dominant types can make great leaders. And those with an analytical mindset can identify problems and propose solutions.
Just bear in mind that there might be some personality clashes. In any team, you will find natural allies and antagonists. A bit of healthy competition can spice things up in a team. But, if your workers are at war with each other all the time, you can expect morale to go down the tubes!
The good news is that you can form a successful team of people with different personality traits. You'll need to think about your end goals to determine which ones will work for you.
Clear goals mean clear results
This leads us to another important aspect of building an effective team. I am, of course, talking about setting clear goals!
Let's face it. You want to build a team for a specific reason or set of goals. As a manager and key stakeholder, you need to define what those goals are. Your team will need to know why they must achieve certain results.
When you set those goals, one thing is for certain. You must ensure that you can measure your results in the desired way. For example, you may get tasked with increasing sales by 20% in the next quarter. Or you might need to lower your department's expenses by a fixed amount in 12 months' time.
As part of your selection process, you must have those clearly defined goals in mind. That way, both you and any prospective team members can decide if they make a good fit for your new team.
How concise communication leads to high team performance
So you've got a room full of people that form your new team. Have you defined a mechanism that ensures clear and concise communication between them all? If not, this is one of the first things you must do!
Each person in your team is a stakeholder, just like you. Everyone needs to keep abreast of any project or group developments. That's because it can impact the way or speed in which they contribute to the team.
Let's make no bones about it: communication can make or break a team. To ensure an effective team, you need a strong communication mechanism in place. It's also important for people to share their thoughts and feelings for another reason. It helps teams tackle any issues in a productive way.
Empower individual decision making
Another big problem with some teams is that they spend too long discussing problems. As a result, little action gets taken. And, sometimes, those actions get carried out when it's too late.
As a leader, you should encourage each person to make decisions. Sure, there will be a need to discuss some major issues. But, some decisions don't need a group discussion or vote. The encouragement of decision-making by all stakeholders means that productivity will remain high.
Have no time for an "us versus them" mentality
An all too often familiar sight in teams is division and blame. It can lead to all kinds of problems and foster inefficiency. When selecting team members, it's important to pick people that are team players. Not individuals that prefer to "go it alone" and blame others for failure.
By following the above tips, we are sure you'll be able to build an effective team and get the results you deserve!
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