Successful team is a team that has members which enjoy working together with their colleagues. They work cooperatively with each other to achieve common goals. Cohesive team is also a team which manages to resolve conflicts which occurs among team members or their current work. This type of team is productive not because of the most popular, aggressive and verbal person dominating the team. They cooperate well with each other because they are assigned to each tasks, depending on their skills and interests. To accomplish this, managers are given the important task of leading the team.
These are 12 ways to build a great and productive team:
1. Identify common goals and purposes
2. Identify everyone’s role in a team
Everyone needs to have their own roles in a team. They need to know their own strength and skills. Everything must be done in specific terms.
3. Assign team members to follow up with other people who are involved in the progress
The people involved in the operation need to be kept in the loop. At least one team member need to inform the clients, higher ups or other teams if there are some changes that need to be made. Even if it was only small changes, it could affect others’ work if they are not in sync.
4. Prepare for conflicts
It is unavoidable for conflicts to happen in a team. You need to complete the task in a tight schedule. Disagreements between team members are normal. Some opinions state that conflicts can actually produce constructive ideas. Instead of demanding the team to stop it, a leader should let the problems arise so that team members recognize the problems and solve it by discussing it among themselves.
5. Conflict resolution
Find suitable ways to resolve conflicts. There are some ways to resolve conflicts successfully such as:
- Let team member involved in the conflict to explain the problem as he or she sees it.
- Lay down some rules so that people can have their say without interruption, or without feeling intimidated.
- Encourage team member to solve problems themselves
6. Leadership role
As the team leader, you need to encourage your member at the same time lead the team towards victory. You need to urge each member to be responsible on meeting their goals.
7. Team interaction in meetings
Each team member need to interact among themselves in order to help each other. They do not have to ask the team leader to become the middle person. Collaboration among members is encouraged to build up their creativity.
8. Allow team members to put their own thoughts into the assigned task
Encourage team members to have some input into their work. Do so by giving them flexibility on how they meet their work goals.
9. Make room for minority views
These minority views are often ignored but they can improve the work done by the team. Those who can point out the flaws and voice out their opinions no matter how small it is should be heard by others without discrimination.
10. Reward the team as a whole
Celebrate even the smallest success to keep the team motivated. It can be a celebration at a local pizza joint, a bonus, or even a congratulatory letter from a senior executive.
11. Appraise each member individually
Humans are naïve creature. They need something to make them feel assured, and your praise will make their work feel valuable. Give each member positive feedback about their strength and role.
12. Communicate team success
Be vocal about your success to your company. Let them know what your team had done. Acknowledge your team members and other persons who are involved indirectly in the project.
A group work is supposed to be a job where the team treats their work not as individual work but as a group contribution towards success.