Leading a team can be a daunting task. With multiple people, ideas and skills to manage, it can be a difficult juggling act. Great teams aren’t plucked out of thin air, they take time and effort to create, but the end results are often worth it. A well bonded and effective team can be a real asset to any project.
But the question remains, how can you build such a team? Here at Eventwise, we have many years’ experience with team building, and we have complied this list of our most important factors for what we believe makes a successful team.
So take a look at our top tips and get inspired to build your own fantastic and effective team…
We at Eventwise believe that the most important feature of successful teams is open and clear communication. Knowing that you and your team understand each other is a very important aspect of successful team building.
Keeping the lines of communication open for questions, comments, feedback and remarks is also a great way to make sure that your team members understand the tasks set and can give feedback where appropriate.
Build Trust Within Your Team
Being able to trust your fellow team members is a vital key to success in any business environment.
Some studies have shown that 45% of employees say that lack of trust in leadership is the biggest issue impacting work performance, so making sure that you and your team trust each other can be a big step in making your team a successful one.
The Jacobs Model links eight drivers of trust that can lead your team to a positive outcome. It’s says that workers need to experience fairness, choice and autonomy and a sense of purpose among other things, to really build trust in the workplace. This model is a great starting place when building a successful team that trust each other.
They say that there is no such thing as a bad idea in brainstorming, and it certainly holds true in a business environment. We believe that creating an encouraging and positive environment where people are welcome to bring any and all ideas, can only benefit the team and the project.
Try to think outside of the box when it comes to your brainstorming sessions, hold a whiteboard session, put yourself in the mind of your customer or even take part in some improv to get the ideas flowing.
Share and Share Alike
An important factor in what makes a successful team is sharing ideas, skills and a common goal. We believe that being able to share ideas is very important in team building.
Sharing skills is another way that collaborative work makes for a strong team. Not everyone is amazing at everything, so building a team of varied skills and strengths will produce a result that is stronger in more areas. If your team works together and shares their skills, the end product is bound to achieve its aims.
Set Ground Rules
This might not sound like a very exciting part of building a team, but it’s a necessary one. Setting the limits and rules for your team can help guide them along the right path. These rules can be as simple as saying that everyone in the team has the right to express an opinion, or more definite rules like, everyone should be on time for meetings.
When thinking about what makes a great team, we think that simple guidelines like this help everyone in the team to know where they stand.
Here at Eventwise we think that the best way to come up with the rules and guidelines is as a team, so that everyone feels like they had an input in the rules they have to follow.
Set Achievable Yet Optimistic Goals
You are 50% more likely to achieve your goals if you write them down, and we think that this couldn’t be more true when goal setting in your team.
Setting goals gives everyone a point to work towards and helps everyone to keep focused on the final outcomes.
One of our favourite ways to set goals is to use the SMART method:
What exactly do you want to achieve? Try to be as specific as possible, this also will help you when you need to reflect on your goals at a later date.
What do you physically want to achieve when you have reached your goal? What is the physical manifestation of the goal?
Is this goal something that your team can actually achieve? Do you have the necessary resources to complete this goal?
Does the goal make sense for your team, is it achieving something that you need?
Put a deadline on it! Giving a deadline helps people spring into action and actually achieve the goal.
If you can check all your goals against the SMART method, you will already have made great progress to actually achieving them. When you have achieved these goals, don’t forget to set new ones and keep your team moving forward.
Don’t Forget to Delegate
An important but often forgotten factor in successful team building is learning how to delegate. Making sure that you aren’t doing all the work by yourself is important both for you and your team.
We think that the best way to let people rise to the challenge is to give them new tasks or challenges. This also builds trust within a team, as people realise that others trust them to complete the necessary work to a good standard.
Get Out of the Office
Part of what makes a great team is being friendly and familiar with each other. Consider a corporate away day or team building event to really bond your team. Challenge your team with a physical challenge or get creative with a cooking or musical workshop.
Team building activities can make all the difference between a good team and a great one, so pick a fun and engaging activity that can help everyone to come together and bond as a team. This change of scenery can jumpstart new ideas and translate into increased productivity and better communication back at the office.
When thinking about what makes a successful team, you need to consider the rules, goals and communication within your team. If you can get these right, then you working environment is sure to be a productive and enjoyable one.
Teamwork can be highly rewarding both personally and professionally, so don’t miss out by starting your team off on the wrong foot.