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6 Key Features of Team Building

Updated on November 24, 2012
Team Photo of Team US. London 2012.
Team Photo of Team US. London 2012. | Source

Team work can make or break a team. A team consists of individuals or players that combine to form the team. A single player is not a team. Two players is a team. Every individual in a team has responsibilities to play that collectively create either good or bad result for the team.


What is a Team?

Let’s take few examples of what a team is to place us in a more liberal angle to maneuver and grasp the idea of team work. Few definitions of team;

  1. A team is a group of PEOPLE united by a common purpose. The keyword is UNITED. It brings together people and purpose. See it this way; people and purpose are two different entities altogether. What brings them together? Team.
  2. A number of people who CO-OPERATE in such a way that the team achieves more than each individual can achieve. The keyword is CO-OPERATE. To co-operate means to assist. Think of a pilot and his co-pilot. The co-pilot is a pilot and no is no different from the captain or pilot in command. But the co-pilot, though operating in the cabin as a pilot, works alongside or assists the captain in command. He co-operates for a common goal that is to see the plane reach its destination safely.



Why team work in organizations?

In highly phased world, teams are created in all corners of the globe, teams big and small for all kinds of reasons. The idea of team work is widely documented. However, most of what is written is designed to enable people to start. That is good. The question is “What happens after that? They start to work as team, produce results and then what? This hub will address those questions as precisely as it can so you have a firmer grasp of the idea of team work and apply fully to your advantage and success.

As in a soccer team, each players play specific roles to defend the team from opponent or to score goals to win. Any organization brings along different players at difference levels of organizational hierarchy with different levels of knowledge, skills and competency. A good business leader use team work to bring out the best in every individual in the organization. So why team work? The need for team work is necessary for the following reason;

· Higher customer expectations (better value for money, timely delivery, complete packages)

· More complex markets and products

· Greater commercial uncertainty

· Increase legislative and environmental pressure


Being in business is not as easy as it sounds. Successful leaders know that for the organization to be successful;

There must be effective and efficient combination of individual skills, experiences and judgments. That is the reason why we often see accountants working in an automotive company for the reason that someone has to manage the papers and money that is made by the automotive say techs. The accountant can manage the accounts, the mechanic can build cars, put them together and we have a powerful team. That is team work.

The American industrialist pioneer of the assembly-line production method, Henry Ford said “coming together is a beginning. Keeping together is the process. Working together is success”.

TEAMWORK

For a team to win, there are certain things it must and mustn’t do. One must do thing is TEAMWORK. Teamwork is important for a team to win. It is only relevant that we ask “How does it work? What makes a winning team? Why do some teams go straight to the top, achieving all their team goals?

There are no easy answers to these questions. I said it in my book “Developing Personal Confidence and Motivation-Positive Guide for Success” that if it was easy, to build team work, we would have more millionaires and billionaires walking our street and even list of fortune 500 companies won’t change from year to year. Want to know why? Because companies would use Team work to build and maintain their companies wealth and company owners would be hefty rich. Huh! Imagine living in a neighborhood highly concentrated with multi-millionaires and billionaires that simply use. I don’t know about you but to me, it is gonna be just mind blowing. In this hub, we discover what teamwork is.


Trust

Trust make or breaks a team. Have it and the team prosper. Lack it and the team dies. trust is the glue that bonds the individuals in a team together. Late Steven Jobs, unarguably on of the the best entrepreneur IT brains in 21st century said this about trust, "Again, you can't connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backwards. So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future. You have to trust in something - your gut, destiny, life, karma, whatever. This approach has never let me down, and it has made all the difference in my life" So if you want your team to prosper. Build trust in your team.



Clear Goals

Goals give a team direction and responsibility. Goals gives a team the urgency to complete given task. Every team member must have specifically defined goals to perform in order for the team to achieve its team goals. Denis Waitley said this about goals " Learn from the past, set vivid, detailed goals for the future, and live in the only moment of time over which you have any control: now."

Progressive Review

A team must have a way to measure its progress. Checks or reviews are necessary and must be done regularly to see how well the team is performing. Without this, a team may quickly loses its motivation and passion in pursuing its goals. You are also at the risk of wasting team resources if you don't have mechanisms in place to measure your progress.

Cooperation

The team has to find the common grounds where each team leader can relate and build on those strength. A team that achieves great success is a team whose members see only one big picture even though their have their own little pictures going on in their minds. When team members cooperate, the combined effort produces synergistic impacts or results. Franklin D. Roosevelt said this about cooperation. "Competition has been shown to be useful up to a certain point and no further, but cooperation, which is the thing we must strive for today, begins where competition leaves off"

Professionalism

Individuals in a team are like many different countries coming to operate under one flagship. That means every one in the team would have their own opinion about issues the team faces. That is one key feature of the team, team leaders must be careful with. This we are concern about personalities of each team members. Team members must be willing to work together by swallowing their individual pride for the overall good of the team. Act in such a way that every other member of the team are at ease. And nothing beats being professional and treating others with courtesy than being rough and having pride leading the way.

Differences

Diversity is an asset. That is something I personally believe it and over the years used it to train my individuals and organizations.A team should use diversity to its advantage by brainstorming and getting the best ideas out of the many ideas that team members bring to the table. There is an old saying I use often "Two heard are better than one"..So many heads are even much better than one head.

Summary

Successful teams are not built overnight. It takes courage, patience and perseverance to build successful teams. Here w have covered things you must have in the team if your team if you desire to build a winning team. Hope you find this hub useful and use it your it suits you.

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