A Handful of Tips 40 –
Five of the best tips on ways to build a team
Good results can be achieved when you design and select a balanced working team. Team members should be given freedom to operate in their own way and should not be pressured into making hasty decisions.
1. Decide on the type of team you want
Teams take many different forms.
Do you require a work team, a management team, a research team or a problem-solving team?
Are you forming a sports team, a committee, an audit team or a virtual team?
2. Select competent people with the necessary skills
Team members should be balanced in knowledge and skills.
Choose people who are motivated and compatible with the other team members.
3. Give clear instructions
Set goals that all team members understand.
Roles and rules must be clearly spelt out. They must be realistic and negotiable.
Give instructions verbally and in writing.
Teams should be empowered to do things their way and not be heavily supervised.
4. Appoint an enthusiastic leader
Make the job challenging, rewarding and enjoyable.
An enthusiastic leader encourages the team to do their best work and enjoy it. Enthusiasm is contagious.
Allow time for teams to build and develop.
5. Make the team experience educational and rewarding
Members should be allowed to express their own ideas freely. They should be co-operative and enjoy the company of other members.
Friendly competition between teams can stimulate people to increase their efforts while developing a strong team spirit.
Team work should be more ‘we’ and less ‘me’.
“People with the skills to set up effective teams are winning the top jobs.”