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The Basics of Effective Team Building

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When it comes to both your family life and your professional life, the importance of effective team building simply cannot be overstated. Focusing on the welfare and productivity of the entire group can have many powerful benefits. This article will discuss some of these benefits, as well as offer some great team building tips.

Team Defined:

A team is essentially a group of individuals with a singular objective. Their efforts are concerted and organized. Each member of the team has a very specific and distinct role in seeing that this goal is achieved. The morale of the team is such that the desire and commitment to accomplish the goal is heightened. The clearer the understanding of the objective is, and the stronger each individual teammate’s willingness to “give it their all” is, the more likely the goal is to be reached at a high level.

Improving Teamwork – How to do it Effectively:

A strong focus on the objective is critical. Ensuring that everyone knows what success looks like is paramount to effective team building. If you don’t know what the target is, you and your team are unlikely to hit it. Here are 3 of the most important tips for designing a goal-achieving powerhouse of a team:

1. Get crystal clear on each objective. Again, if no clear goal is defined, then nobody will know what all the effort is for, and will likely produce less than stellar results.

2. Ensure that the goal actually inspires team members to be at their best. Boring goals = bored teammates.

3. Cultivate a spirit of positivity and power. Do not allow your team to become doubtful or fearful.

When the goal is well-defined and worth achieving, and all team members are excited and up for the challenge, then an effective strategy must be laid out. Believe it or not, that’s usually the easy part! There are a few different kinds of teams, including:

* An individual. This is generally someone who is very skilled, disciplined, and passionate. They are typically quite coachable and will produce positive results more often than not.

* A small team. This type of team will often consist of 2-10 individuals who are compelled by a singular vision. This type of team will rely very heavily upon one another because one individual mistake can have huge consequences, as there is less of a buffer system than there is in a large team. Small stones can leave huge ripples in a small team environment. For this reason, the team leader must be keen to any negative shifts in personality or performance. He or she will usually need to take a more “hands-on” approach to management.

* Team islands. This type of team environment actually consists of multiple mini-teams. The teams all work independent of each other, but often with the same overall goal in mind. These are usually referred to as “departments,” and will be overseen by department managers.

* Large teams. These are actually the easiest of all teams to run because even the smallest results produced by each individual member can have monumental effectiveness. It’s almost like a giant, self-running, self-correcting machine. In this type of team environment, any new additions to the team are usually nudged in the right direction by “business as usual” and are generally pretty quick to adopt the core beliefs, values, and agendas of the team.

Any group of individuals working together to attain a singular objective can be accurately called a team. It is the team leader’s responsibility to keep both morale and performance at the highest possible level. It is through effective leadership that organizations become powerful, projects become exciting, and fulfillment becomes fuel for even greater progress.

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