Even if you are not in a leadership position yet, better
understanding of teamwork can make you a more effective employee
and give you an extra edge in your office.
Team building success is when your team can accomplish something
bigger and work more effectively than a group of the same
individuals working on their own.
You have a strong synergy of individual contributions. But
there are two critical factors in building a high performance
The first critical factor of a team work success is that all the
team efforts are directed towards the same clear goals, the team
goals. This relies heavily on good communication in the team and
the harmony in member relationships.
The other important element is the diversity of skills and
personalities. When people use their strengths in full, but can
compensate for each other's weaknesses. When different
personality types balance and complement each other.
Here are some additional team building ideas, techniques, and
tips you can use in your situation.
1.) Make sure that the team goals are totally clear and
completely understood and accepted by each team member.
2.) Make sure there is complete clarity in who is responsible
for what. Do your best to avoid overlaps of authority. For
example, if there is a risk that two team members will be
competing for control in certain area, try to divide that area
into two distinct parts and give each more complete control in
one of those parts, according to those individual's strengths
and personal inclinations.
3.) For issues that rely on the team consensus and commitment,
involve more the whole team in the decision making process. For
example, use group sessions with collective discussions of
possible decision options or solution ideas. What you want to
achieve here is that each team member feels his or her ownership
in the final decision, solution, or idea. The more he or she
feels this way, the more likely he or she is to agree with and
commit to the decided line of action.
4.) Make sure there are no blocked lines of communications and
you and your people stay fully informed.
5.) Build trust with your team members by spending one-on-one
time in an atmosphere of openness and honesty. Be loyal to your
employees, if you expect the same.
6.) Allow your office team members build trust and openness
between each other in team building activities and events. Give
them some opportunities of extra social time with each other in
an atmosphere that encourages open communication. For example,
in a group lunch on Friday.
7.) Be careful with interpersonal issues. Recognize them early
and deal with them till full resolution.
8.) Never miss opportunities to empower your employees. Say
thank you or show appreciation of an individual team player's
9.) Do not limit yourself to negative feedback. Be fare.
Whenever there is an opportunity, give positive feedback as
Finally, though teamwork and team building can be challenging,
the rewords from high team effectiveness are well worth it.
About the Author
Sergey Dudiy, Ph.D., is a personal growth writer and web
entrepreneur, founder of
www.Time-Management-Guide.com, dedicated to building a
stronger foundation for your success skills, from personal goal
setting and decision making to teamwork and team building.