Working Together as a Team
Frequently we get asked about how to create a team-based environment in an organization. It’s actually not that difficult, but does require some work on the part of the leadership team and subsequently managers. I recently saw this quote from Henry Ford: “Coming together is a beginning. Keeping together is progress. Working together is success.” It’s very appropriate that it’s all about working together as a team.
The Rules of the Game
If you want people to “play” with others they need to understand the rules of the game! That means engaging individuals in how their efforts impact their team’s success and how their team’s success contributes to the overall achievements of the company. If people don’t understand how their work connects to team and organizational wins, they can’t possible have a team attitude or take ownership. With that understanding it will be hard to keep them away.
So many organizations try to “train” specific actions and behaviors of teamwork without setting any context. To play on the team, people need to understand:
- The big picture of the organization and the marketplace
- The company’s strategy – where are they trying to go as a business
- Who their customers are
- How money is made and spent
- The key business processes
Straight to the Top
Appeal to the highest level of thinking with your employees and you will likely get the highest level of participation and results. Liberate the information the executive team has and people will likely have the same level of commitment as the leadership team. People are smart and they are hungry for information, and your ability to provide them with that information in a way that is resonates with them is tantamount to success.
Connect the Dots
Helping them understand how all of the functions working together as a team contribute to the business is part of telling that big picture story. But, it’s also part of helping them understand how their individual role contributes to their own team and ultimately the business. That big picture, system’s thinking tied to individual contributions means they only have one choice – they cannot help but be part of the team.
The Importance Of Working Together In Groups And Teams
The Importance of Working Together in Groups and Teams
Realizing that a group can become a high performance team is important. Accomplishing this goal is invaluable, advantageous and profitable. Once able to operate from a group to the high performing team is a great step into preparation into the big business world. Leaders and members must also realize not only how to accomplish this but that some problems will and can arise from different demographic characteristics and cultural diversity. That is if one is in such a group, which the probability would be quite high.
It is important that members of a group be knowledgeable and skillful in their positions, the degree to which those members can work harmoniously and cooperatively together is equally important and will form into a high performance team. Effective team management plays a high role in building high performance teams. It should always be a question as to what management can do to actively promote successful work teams.
Skills and knowledge possessed by every member is also important for a team to become high performance. Although it is among the most important factors, however, it must be coupled with a good working relationship with every team member and good collaboration with every team member. The members who possess the good skills and wide knowledge will be a useful resource to the team if that team member can share their strengths with the other team members and vice versa. It is usually misconstrued that having skillful and intelligent team members is already enough to make a team work right. This kind of thinking is the reason why most teams, despite all of those competent members they have, fail to achieve their goals. A team should establish one common goal, not to think that way and develop a good working relationship with each member. (retrieved from: http://www.strictlysuccess.com, August 18, 2005) This can be done by self awareness exercises, like the DISC assessment and other assessments or any other kind of self awareness exercises regarding communication style differences. Then these factors and important pieces of information should be taken into full consideration before the actual project is begun. These exercise or assessments can be great ice breakers and mark the difference between a group of individuals merely assigned to a team, as opposed to functioning as a team. Aside from team members realizing to not simply assume they are the “norm” but to also ask themselves, who am I and how do I communicate the best, then this will help them and others to understand their uniqueness.
Diversity in culture and demographic characteristics can be a negative impact or be one of the team's greatest strengths, depending on how the team as a whole functions and applies these different “routes to success”. A group can become a high performing team by understanding how cultural and demographic differences influence group behavior. The groups must realize that...
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