A Guide to Effective Team Building

Belonging to part of team allows for effectiveness that could never be accomplished on your own. Organisations that promote teamwork and collectivism generally create environments that lead to increased productivity, creativity and a sense of ownership.

Below are 5 basic approaches for effective team building:

1. Find a common goal

To ensure success during any group project, there must be a clear single goal established and communicated effectively. Many teams can meet failure where multiple agendas are set and wires get crossed about who is working towards what. Teams and companies that get ahead are those that have clearly communicated a common purpose and goal before the project has started.

2. Commit as a team

For a group of individuals to function together as a productive team, there has to be commitment from each team member to contribute to the wellbeing of the team. Lack of commitment can be the fall of many team projects where a team mentality has not been established.

3. Communication is key

Not only is communication at the outset of project crucial, as well it’s important to meet regularly to get updates from each team member to ensure everything is on track. This is much easier to do within one office however with today’s modern working environment, is common that teams could be working together remotely. There are multiple modern tools we can use such as skype, email and project management software that will support this process effectively. Lack of communicate is a sure sign of commitment failure for any team.

4. Work together, play together

It is evident when teams spend time together not only in a working environment, but outside of work in a social setting. Successful teams know each other and can therefore anticipate how others will act and respond, which can only happen by spending time in each other’s company. Anyone responsible for team building knows the importance of getting to know each other on projects, which can be built much faster by planning and initiating non-working events.

5. Not everyone can lead

Every project must have a team leader to oversee all tasks. Without delegating a project Manager, numerous things can go wrong, such as repetition of jobs or differing objectives. Managers can select by an individual’s area of expertise by their individual capabilities to communicate and manage various projects. When everyone in the team is clear on who is leading, clarity will be given to each members individual responsibilities.