Have you been wondering how to build a team, are you wondering if you can make a team player or a team leader? Do you understand Team Management? Thinking of how to grow a solid team with the best team management technique? Do you belong to a team or you are trying to build a team?
Getting good players is easy. Getting them to play together is the hard part.
– Casey Stengel.
In this blog content, I am going to respond to some of the questions but first let’s establish what makes up a team and the roles of a team. Working with a team can be exhausting if you do not understand their personality, and if you do not understand what motivates them, so let’s talk about how you can grow a good solid team.
Some people feel building a team is all about having people around and delegating duties. It sure is beyond that, if the idea of bringing people and delegating is your idea of a team, then you might need to reconsider. A team is an organization with its own dynamics, qualities, and convention, when you have the right understanding you can work your team to greatness.
There are nine team roles as discussed by Meredith Belbin Management Teams in his book, “Why they succeed or fail”.
Understanding the Team Roles in other to build a strong team
- The Plant: They are original thinkers, they generate new ideas; they offer solutions to problems, they think in radically different ways, laterally, imaginatively.
- The Resourceful Investigator: They are creative, they like to take ideas and run with them, they are extrovert and popular.
- The Co-Ordinator: They are highly disciplined and controlled, they can focus on objectives, they unify a team.
- The Sharper: They are very achievement orientated, they are like to be challenged and to get results.
- The Monitor Evaluator: They analyze, balance, and weigh, they are calm and dedicated. They are objective thinkers.
- Team Workers: They are supportive and co-operative, they make good diplomats because they only want what is best for the team.
- The Implementer: They have good organizational skills, they display common sense, they like to get the job done.
- The Completer: They check details, they tidy up after themselves, they are painstakingly conscientious.
- The Specialist: They are dedicated to acquiring a specialized skill, they are extremely professional, they have drive and dedication.
With the understanding of these team roles, you can have an insight of what personality your team members have. You cannot make a sharper a monitor evaluator and expect them to win, likewise expecting a completer to play the plant. You need to understand what they each stand for and represent, understand their life values and language so when they get to speak, they are on the right track.
What defines a strong team?
A team doesn’t pull together well when each individual member focuses on their own target – be that just getting to the end of the day, their own personal progress, how to stitch up the boss, use work as a social club.
The best way to groom the best performing team is to let them focus on a collective target. A team does not pull together well when each individual member focuses on their own target. In ways better than everyone would make it clear, communication is still the single most important factor in successful teamwork. Facilitating communication does not mean holding meetings all the time. Instead, it means setting an example by remaining open to suggestions and concerns, by asking questions and offering help, and by doing everything you can to avoid confusion in your own communication.
As the supervisor, your priority in creating consensus is to stimulate debate. Remember that employees are often afraid to disagree with one another and that this fear can lead your team to make mediocre decisions. When you encourage debate, you inspire creativity and that is how you will spur your team on to better results.
Set objectives, solve problems, and plan for action. While it takes much longer to establish consensus, this method ultimately provides better decisions and greater productivity because it secures every employee’s commitment to all phases of the work. You will also need to emphasize the importance of each team member’s contribution and demonstrate how all of their jobs operate together to move the entire team closer to its goal.
Three things to look out for in your team
If you are ready to set up a team and you are looking for the best way to identify them then:
- You will know it’s a team when you hear “we”, and “us” more than the “I” and me”.
- Your team becomes easy – because someone says, it’s OK, we are all in this together”.
- There is a sigh of relief when the team tells you it is a team.
When your team is falling apart, it means that there are unhappy people who are not motivated to do their job, and they find a way to demotivate others as well. They always have excuses, bored and annoyed when there are colleagues around them and when anything about work comes up it bites them.
The best way to get through the schedule an hour to meet with everyone on your team, and get them to talk about their fears, their strengths, weaknesses, and always Listen. Always listen to them, listen more than you speak, talk about solutions together, and plan immediate actions.
How to deal with a team that is falling apart
As a Leader, you don’t need to think that your teams need to just “do their own thing and get the job done”, there should be more concern with highly recommended team management techniques. Teams need structure…they need a dependable process to follow, and they need to be held accountable to that process, take 100% responsibility for your team falling apart, and start changing your leadership behaviors.
Ask yourself “What am I doing or not doing that is causing this team to fall apart?” You might sometimes need to take your team for a vacation get them to have some fun together and live a moment off the office building, this will help them bond and look out for each other. When you have a strong team you will experience business productivity.
Conclusively, for teams to be effective, the people in the team must be able to work together to contribute collectively to team outcomes. But this does not happen automatically: it develops as the team works together. Think probably of easier ways to your team, work on a school assignment or project. When your team first gets together, you likely sit around and look at each other, not knowing how to begin. Initially, you are not a team; you are just individuals assigned to work together.
Over time you get to know each other, to know what to expect from each other, to know how to divide the labor and assign tasks, and to know how you will coordinate your work. Through this process, you begin to operate as a team instead of a collection of individuals.
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