TEAM BUILDING : What and how ?
Team building is the art of creating a team with a can-do attitude to achieve targets or business goals. The goal is to create better focus and effective teams which are result oriented. And keeping them together is an essential part of the process. Here is a team building checklist you can look into.
Leave no room for doubt
Communicate to the team your expectations on performance. Tell them why the team has been formed and how important they are to the organization.
Assess their comfort level
You need to understand the mood of the team . What do they feel about its composition? Do they feel that they have the knowledge, skill and capability to accomplish a mission? Are they in need of resources?
Make the team feel an integral part of your success. Allow them not only to take some decisions but also assume the responsibility necessary to achieve targets. This will bring in a sense of ownership.
Periodically make sure to talk through the team’s progress, so everyone knows where they’re headed.
Be generous with praise
Anticipate & recognize their achievements. Reward an extra especial performance. This will motivate them to take on further challenges.
Make room for innovation
Tell them you’re open to creative thinking, unique solutions and new ideas, as long as they’re not too wacky. Allow for a measure of risk taking.
Let them in on the decision making process
Change is particularly hard to swallow. If you involve the team in the decision making process, chances are, you will improve the odds of a successful implementation.
Enjoy the experience
Last, but not the least, make it fun for the members to work with each other. People rarely remember what you say, but they will never forget how you make them feel. And that’s the crux of the tem building. Team building is a strategic tool that helps you harness the potential of your employees and makes for a strong and vibrant organization. On the other hand, a poorly planned and disorganized team might fail to deliver and result in disillusionment, low self-esteem and demotivation.
Written by: S.Adinaraina ( rearrange from NST1 klassifieds)