The Best Handful of Tips 44 –
Build winning teams
People with the skills to set up effective teams are winning the top jobs.
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.
The five best tips on ways to build a winning team
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?
Select competent people with the necessary skills
Team members should be balanced in knowledge and skills.
Every team is different. Look closely at the group dynamics before you attempt to build, or improve a team.
Choose people who are motivated and compatible with the other team members. Preferably select people with different skills and different sexes. You will get greater synergy if you select teams containing both men and women. They contribute different outlooks and skills.
Cynics and jokers should be removed if they hinder progress.
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 so they can be referred back to from time to time.
Teams should be empowered to do things their way and not be heavily supervised.
Set deadlines to stimulate action.
Appoint an enthusiastic leader
Make the job challenging, rewarding and enjoyable.
Appoint a leader acceptable to the team, or let the team appoint their own leader.
An enthusiastic leader encourages the team to do their best work and enjoy it. (Enthusiasm is contagious.)
Allow plenty of time for teams to build and to develop.
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‘.
Teams should be well rewarded for their successes.