4 Ways to Build a Stronger Team
Teamwork is Both More Important and More Complex in the 21st Century
A modern business thrives on innovation and constant improvement. Imaginative and cohesive teams are core to success.
Think of a modern-day successful business, and the chances are you picture a tech firm with a visionary and inspiring leader. Yet while the Steve Jobs and Mark Zuckerbergs of this world are, of course, important in shaping modern businesses, if you look a little closer at what makes a successful company tick, you will see it is the layers of teams that these leaders inspire.
Where some business leaders go wrong is in thinking that to take their organisation to the next level, they need to somehow find people like Jobs or Zuckerberg. The truth is that nine times out of ten, they already have the raw materials right there in terms of talent and drive – it is just a case of creating the right organisational environment to allow them to be all that they can be.
When a team coalesces in the best way possible, it becomes greater than the sum of its parts, a phenomenon that Zing Events team building company has seen time and again. Here are their four fundamental rules for building a stronger team that will drive your business to the next level.
Understand the role of teams
Too many businesses assume they need a “lone wolf” to come up with some act of genius – and too many senior managers think they are that lupine innovator. It might have been true 50 years ago, but the modern business world is so complex that today, a great leader has to be more of a knowledge broker. And that means leveraging the combined expertise of a cohesive team.
The right people in the right places
You can have the best marketing guru in the business, but if you put him in charge of the accounts department, he will quickly become disillusioned with his work and the month end reporting will be a disaster. It’s an extreme example, but you would be surprised how many people fall almost by accident into their roles.
Motivation has to start from within, and that means getting a grip on what really fires an individual’s imagination and creativity. If we are doing something we enjoy and are good at, we will do it better and more enthusiastically. It sounds obvious, but is a fundamental that individuals and businesses miss time and again.
Foster trust and psychological safety
A few years ago, Google launched a project aimed at building the perfect team. The key finding that emerged was that the biggest driver for improved performance was the ability of team members to speak with confidence and air their opinions without fear or ridicule or reprisal.
How many businesses have you walked into that seem to be occupied by 100 identical drones. Sure, they might be male and female, black and while, tall and short, but they all have the same background, experience and, crucially, opinions.
That might mean they all get on like a house on fire, but it does not promote innovation and problem solving. A diverse team will have differing opinions and will see things in new ways. Of course it will not be as “psychologically safe” as a team of clones who all think alike, so extra effort needs to be made to encourage a sense of trust and camaraderie.