“Coming together is beginning, staying together is progress, and working together is a success.”
Henry Ford uttered these words to signify the importance of people coming together to make coordinated efforts for a common goal. Success has always been more generous to individuals who were humble team players and to the teams that honored each team member with respect.
There is a saying that, “One and one put together makes eleven.” This is a notion encasing a worldly concept so simply that putting one besides one boosts the capability ten folds. A team of 2 is better than an individual, and a group of 3 can do a whole lot more than a team of 2. Team building and teamwork are indispensable in human resource management.
1. No One Can Do it All
Every individual is born with a gift. When someone is adept in one unique talent, they will likely be inept in other skills. A good photograph comes out by a collaborative effort from a photographer, a model, and an editor. A model can not shoot as vibrant as a cameraman. It’s a task for a cameraman to deliver immersive emotions in a pose.
A Chinese proverb states that “Behind an able man, there are always other able men.” All the marvelous achievements owe their success to teamwork, not individuality because one is too small a number to achieve significance.
2. Team Before Individuals
A group of people working for a common cause can achieve a lot more in a single day than an individual can in a long time. Ego, insecurity, naivety, and temperament are the most prominent hurdles at being a good team player.
People think they are better than others and that asking for help is disgraceful. In the process, they can hurt their dignity as well as the reputation of the cohort. Teamwork ethics demands the discouragement of individual and encouragement of collective appreciation. Michael Jordan once said, “Talent can win you games, but teamwork wins championships.”
3. Keep the Goal in Focus
A group of people working tirelessly without clear vision will end up nowhere. Morale will decline and energy will be drained. Great leaders always keep reminding themselves and their teams of the bigger picture. Individual agendas fall second in successful organizations, and the greater good is a priority.
Estimate your situation, keep a check on your resources, assign the roles according to the capabilities of the people, and remind them of the more significant landscape.
4. Identify the Strengths of Your Players
Finding the right people for the right job is fundamental for team success, e.g., Lionel Messi playing as a goalkeeper in FC Barcelona will be a disaster. Research prospect of successful teams provides magnificent ideas to make a group of people success driven.
5. Identify Team Weaknesses
It is a perception that the strength of a team is the most reliable people it has. But a team is as strong as its weakest link. A tool for assessment of an incompatible team member is three A’s:
- Attitude: Bad attitude ruins the performance of a team
- Agenda: Personal agendas can halt the productivity of even an able member
- Ability: Some people are incapable of growth and lack the ability for a task, they may be reshuffled or replaced
6. Keep Spirits High
Success is a long journey rather than a swift destination. At first, most teams look highly motivated. With time, energy drains out. Good leaders must inject a fresh dose of morale boosters now and then, keeping the team focused on the bigger picture. Some effective ways for leaders to motivate their teams are:
- Show Trust
- Praise good work
- Give and receive feedback
- Show respect and empathy
7. Appreciation and Credits
Keep in mind to make your team look good while appreciating the extra mile efforts of a person. An excellent way to appreciate team members is to leave it up to the team by placing an autonomous reward system that empowers the whole team to recognize and appreciate the links which are doing an excellent job for the team.
8. Adding Enthusiasm
John Maxwell, in his book 17 Indisputable Laws of Teamwork, quotes it as the “Law of Catalyst.” He wrote while describing people who add energy to the team that, “When crunch time comes, a catalyst becomes critical, whether it’s the salesperson who hits the “impossible” goal, the ballplayer who makes the big play, or the parent who gets a child to believe in him- or herself at a critical moment in life. A team can’t reach big goals or even break new ground if it doesn’t have a catalyst.”
9. Critical Analysis of Progress
Analysis of progress is of utmost significance to make a project a success. A regular check on where the team collectively stands is practical. Analyze what went well, what went wrong, and how to improve.
Promote self-check and self-leadership qualities. Team dynamics have research prospects in identifying the loopholes. Set innovative goals and measure success.
The difference between two equally-able competitive teams comes down to leadership. A leader who is empathetic and smart while being a good team player is more likely to generate positive results and continuously revitalize the morale of the team, as opposed to a self-obsessed leader. Groups with great leaders always hold an edge over teams suffering from poor leadership.
Teamwork and team building is a reasonably dynamic subject that varies from team to team. These general rules can serve as guidelines in making a robust result-oriented team.
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