Success in business is powered by effective teams. No matter how big or small your organization is, somewhere along the line you’ll need to work cooperatively with other people.
It may be easier to see in larger organizations with dedicated teams for sales, marketing or production. But even in businesses run by just one person effective teamwork with suppliers, manufacturers, clients or anyone else can make a huge difference.
Today we’re going to look at five tips for improving teamwork in your business.
With any successful team, it’s crucial that everyone is pulling in the same direction. Members need to be united in trying to achieve the same thing. That doesn’t necessarily mean that everything will be smooth and simple, but disputes will be easier to resolve if everyone understands the goal.
It’s especially helpful if you can summarize your goal in a short sentence or statement that everyone in the team can buy-in to. Make sure your statement actually means something to the members of your team though and isn’t stuffed full of corporate jargon. If you’re talking about “maximizing” or “leveraging” anything, you might need to rethink.
Successful teams are usually made up of the right people in the right roles. We’re all different and each bring a unique set of skills and experience to any situation we’re faced with. Having the right mix of people working together can make all the difference.
It’s not enough to just think about the roles that need to be filled, it’s important to think about the people in those roles and the unique skills they bring to the team.
Making sure that everyone is on the same page is essential keeping team morale up and making good progress towards the goal. Regular updates and great communication are key.
Weekly or even daily update meetings with the whole team would be useful for most teams. They don’t need to be long and drawn out with 50 PowerPoint slides every time – a quick 5 minutes to focus everyone on emerging problems, critical tasks and recent successes will usually be enough.
If you can establish a common set of tools really early on, you’ll make things much easier later. If possible, get everyone working with the same operating system, the same file formats and the same ways of storing and transferring information or files.
If that’s not possible, work out how you’re going to manage the transfer of work or information between team members and test it before you start. Getting this right from the outset will make it much more likely that team members will want to collaborate and share work with each other.
It can be easy to get stuck in a task focused mind-set, always pushing to reach the next goal. Although that’s not a bad thing, it’s important to take stock every now and again to look at what you’ve achieved.
Talk about, highlight and celebrate successes with your team. Even the little successes are important. Noticing and recognizing them together can be a good way of boosting morale and motivation for reaching the next goal.Lynkos, Business Tips