Teambuilding: It Is Time To Plan A Strategy

Now it really is time to start thinking about the outset of the operating framework in which your team has to operate. At the end you want your team to develop and grow, isn’t it?

Have you thought about this?

1. Climate: The climate in which your team will start to work has to have a climate of trust. What do I mean by this? Well, you want to enable your team to make mistakes and failures. The climate has to be a climate in which the team is looking at mistakes and failures as an opportunity to grow; learning experiences. The important part is that nobody will start to blame the other.

2. Info-flow: Information belongs to the team; every team member as long as the information is vital for that person in order to integrate it into their work and falls under the objectives to be achieved by the team.

3. You need to think ahead: Does the team need extra training? How about communication training? Or do they need interpersonal training?. How about their negotiation skills? Or is specific training necessary in order to be able to handle the tasks required?

4. You need to schedule time for various important other meetings. You will need time in order to co-ordinating activities. You will need time in order to develop thoughts and you want to be able to monitor your progress with the team.

5. You want to make sure that every member of the team does understand what the objectives of this team are. It is not a good idea to just dictate the prescribed and planned objectives to the team. It is much wiser (but requires more time to implement) to involve the team in setting the objectives.

6. Feedback: You want to give positive feedback. You also want to guide them with suggestions in order to cope with the negative aspects of the tasks. Everybody wants to know how good they are doing, so do it with your team as well. But…it involves patience and time. Give them suggestions about how they can improve!.

Teambuilding: Objectives And Skills Needed For Success

an image of objectives Your attitude is like a box of

In order to set up a good team you need to think before you act.

You need to have a very clear vision about your objectives. What do you want to achieve with a team? If you are not crystal clear about this, it makes no sense to start looking for talent.

So this is your first priority: What are the objectives you want to achieve?

 

What are team objectives?

Ø       Objectives are the specific goals that the team will accomplish in a fixed amount of time.  These objectives flow from the team’s purpose. Each one moves you towards your vision.

Ø       Team objectives support the team’s vision and purpose and the Company and/or Department objectives.

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Why is this so important?

The moment you have these in place you can start to think about the starting points for future team members. They will need to do job, and that means they need objectives as well. And secondly, and this is probably even more important, these objectives form the basis for your talent, skills and resource planning. From that moment on you can start to think about identifying the technical and team skills that are required in order to do the job.

In order to find the right team you need to be very clear about the skills required; you want the whole range of skills to be onboard. It has to be a mix of different skills. And these skills go further than the usual skills; some that need to be included are team skills, personal and interpersonal skills, communication skills and technical abilities.

But this isn’t all. Have you thought about these skills as well?

 

Skills for an effective group process

Besides knowing how to develop a healthy group climate, students also need to know how to function so that they are productive and accomplish their tasks effectively. An effective process will emerge as students exhibit these skills:

  • Individual responsibility and accountability: All group members agree on what needs to be done and by whom. Each student then determines what he or she needs to do and takes responsibility to complete the task(s). They can be held accountable for their tasks, and they hold others accountable for theirs.
  • Constructive Feedback: Group members are able to give and receive feedback about group ideas. Giving constructive feedback requires focusing on ideas and behaviours, instead of individuals, being as positive as possible, and offering suggestions for improvement. Receiving feedback requires listening well, asking for clarification if the comment is unclear, and being open to change and other ideas.
  • Problem solving: Group members help the group to develop and use strategies central to their group goals. As such, they can facilitate group decision making and deal productively with conflict. In extreme cases, they know when to approach the professor for additional advice and help.
  • Management and organization: Group members know how to plan and manage a task, how to manage their time, and how to run a meeting. For example, they ensure that meeting goals are set, that an agenda is created and followed, and that everyone has an opportunity to participate. They stay focused on the task and help others to do so too.
  • Knowledge of roles: Group members know which roles can be filled within a group (e.g., facilitator, idea-generator, summarizer, evaluator, mediator, encourager, recorder) and are aware of which role(s) they and others are best suited for. They are also willing to rotate roles to maximize their own and others’ group learning experience.

source: https://uwaterloo.ca/centre-for-teaching-excellence/teaching-resources/teaching-tips/tips-students/being-part-team/teamwork-skills-being-effective-group-member

Well, there is a saying about where to spend most of your time on: Cutting down the tree or sharpening your axe. This is the axe moment; spend 90% of your time on sharpening your axe as it will pay itself back in a very short period of time.

Good luck!.

Teambuilding: Do You Really Need A Team?

an image of team team-building exercise.jpgTeambuilding” is a term which we hear often. But most of us don’t really realize what it is and why you need to know really well why you need a team!.

 

In many circumstances it isn’t even really necessary to start a team. For example, if there isn’t a team objective it makes no sense to start a team.

There are even situations in which one single person can better work alone instead of starting a new team. As long as this single person can be provided with the proper support, it may be very likely that this single person will achieve more than a whole team.

You need to ask yourself, before starting a team, do you really need a wide array of expertise and experience in order to start up a team? Do you need to share the workload among many people, do you feel the need to brainstorm about the task with many others and do you need this team in order to be able to solve the arising problems.

Another situation might be:

In the early days of running your own business, it’s natural to try to do as much as possible yourself. It’s the most cost-effective, comfortable, sensible way to do things in the beginning. But as your enterprise grows, you’ll find yourself stretched thinner and thinner. Eventually, you’ll find you just can’t continue to oversee operations and sales and accounting and fulfillment and marketing–and hope to continue to grow your business.

source: http://www.entrepreneur.com/article/83618

This might be a good situation in which you might think about building your team. Another good reason is the moment you feel you need to leverage your time better.

Read this piece of info about leveraging your time better:

However, you’re going to quickly learn that to get the kind of results you really want in your online business and build that “internet lifestyle’ where you can actually walk away from your computer (and your business) for a few days or even months and still make money…you’re going to need some help.

source: http://www.jameswedmore.com/do-you-need-a-team/

Before you really start to think about building a team let alone the fashionable word “teambuilding“, you need to make sure you need to build a team.

The moment you discover you really cannot do it alone or the moment you realize that the task in front of you is not executable by a single person, that will be the moment you to start thinking about forming a team.