Building a great team is essential to fostering success in your organization, and you must also learn to maintain that team. The success of a team effort is often dependent on the “game plan” at the starting point of a task or effort.
It is necessary to make choices about each task and understand what the consequences will be. A lack of team understanding and team management skills, coupled with bad “Choice” attitudes will hinder tasks from being successful. So it is important to emphasize the need for healthy choices to ensure healthy teams.
Here are a few tips:
- Maintain constructively flexible in considering your stance on the various issues that may arise.
- As a guiding principle, consider that it is not about individual issues or the “blame game.” Team members should take personal responsibility to help other team members.
- Maintain a positive attitude and be patient with any team members that may struggle at the outset. Although it may be difficult, do not allow a person with a “bad attitude” to sabotage the effort.
- Maintain patience and empathy with team members.
- Maintain a laser focus on the objectives and not on personalities. Always seek the efficient and effective outcomes.
- The more independent the team members work, the more important it is to clearly define roles and responsibilities up front. If done well, it leads to speed, quality and efficiency.
- Have a development plan for those that are struggling with their performance and make sure everyone knows the plan.
- When done right, performance management yields higher levels of engagement, retention and organizational performance. Concentrate on establishing effective performance management behaviors first, and then make sure that the performance management system reinforces and supports those behaviors.
- To be effective, feedback should be provided as soon as possible to the issues that need to be corrected or improved.
- Establish a high level of trust. The strength of the relationship between team members influences job satisfaction, engagement and performance. Trust is a key element of the quality of the relationship and an essential prerequisite for effective feedback and coaching.
Openness and honesty must be encouraged and there should be a willingness to speak respectfully, but candidly. An environment of trust reduces defensiveness when issues are raised. People react more honestly, ask questions more frequently, and are more spontaneous with their comments and ideas.
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