Build teams because you need to tap the talents and skills of others to be successful.
You need to enlist others to your vision and mission. Teams will multiply your results for a minimum of effort.
Fix Team Problems
Many obstacles to building stronger teams are too small we tend to ignore them. That’s the bad news. The good news is that you will immediately see positive results when you take care of them.
I will recommend simple fixes to these problems.
Do you have nonteam players?
You will learn practical ways to influence them to value teamwork.
One good piece of advice is to accept that nonplayers aren’t necessarily bad people.
Oftentimes, they have good intentions. You will learn how to speak to them — and leave them okay as a person after your conversation.
Do you have team members who are too busy for teamwork?
This is true for many organizations.
The closest they have for “team building” is an outing done once a year — of every three years — where they compete against each other.
Of course, this is typically an ineffective way of building a team, but this is one that many employees experience.
Of course, we all have the same number of hours every day.
Team building isn’t an interruption to daily work. I will show you how to make your team members understand that team building is a strategy to make your work faster in less time.
That team-building should give us more time for ourselves and our families.
Do you have team members who are laggards and deadwoods?
It is disheartening to work hard while others are not, especially if they enjoy the same rewards as the rest of the team.
You will learn how to align their actions to the motivations of the team.
You will also find simple suggestions on how to manage performance.
Do personality conflicts hinder productivity and high performance among team members?
You can manage conflict effectively — and turn conflict into growth opportunities.
You will learn how to give feedback and become assertive when communicating with your teammates.
Do you have members who are knowledge hogs?
I suggest that you examine your rewards system.
In many organizations, rewards systems encourage cheating and in-fighting.
I will help you audit your reward system through articles I will write in this website. You watch out for them.
Do you have team members who do not demonstrate a sense to personal accountability?
You know that each person is accountable for results.
However, in most team-building programs I have conducted, the main problems of members are “other members” who do not have a sense of personal accountability.
The “other members” are always the source of team problems. You will discover here various ways that promote accountability.
Not only that, subscribers to my newsletter will get a copy of the book I am presently writing about personal accountability.
Here you will find more ideas, tools, and techniques that will help you build teams.
Let me give you some examples and decide for yourself if any of these can help you.
Ideas and Tools to Build Teams
- How to Give and Receive Team Feedback
- How to Break Old Habits & Create Desirable Habits for the Team
- How to Engage Quiet Team Members
- How to Solve Unclear Roles By Clarifying Team Focus and Purpose
- Five Steps to Creating a Team Charter
- 3 Basic Plans Every Team Should Have
- Solve Confusion Between Team Members and Leaders
- Simple Steps to Create Team Guidelines
- Five Step Team-Planning Process
- What to Do with Those Who Violate Your Team Guidelines
- How to Resolve Unmet Goals
- Innovative Ways for Members to Improve Performance
- How Get Your Team Unstuck from Traditional Thinking
- How to Develop People Skills
- Practice Team Communication Basics
- The Art of Rumor Control
- What to Do with Unresolved Issues
- How to Handle Conflict and Confrontations
- Why Celebrate Diversity
- How to Handle Dishonest People
- How to Move Team Members from Compliance to Commitment
- What to Do When You Have New Team Members
- What to Do When Your Leader Changes
- How to Increase Team Energy
- How to Create Team Trust
- How to Lead Magical Meetings
- How to Avoid Having Too Many Meetings
- Why Celebrate Team Success
- How to Keep Teamwork Fun
- Introduce Quick Team Building Activities Every Meeting
- How to Hire Professional Team Building Facilitators
- How to Facilitate Team Building to Solve Team Problems
- How to Facilitate Team Building to Bring Out Team Potentials
- How to Start a Team Development Program
- What to Do With Members Who Abdicate Responsibility
- How to Facilitate Management Teams
- and many more
There are many things we need to consider when building a team.
You cannot accomplish all of them in one day.
And you cannot accomplish any of them when all you do every year is hold three-hour team building, divide your team into color groups, and have them compete for mysterious prizes.
But you can make every day better than the last one.
You can learn more from any of these articles. Use them to build teams. The tools and ideas I share worked for my clients. I am confident that most, if not all of them, will also work for your team.
How to Build Your 10x Teams (Minus the Bruises)
You can build your team faster and better when you start giving more attention to results than playing games.
Get Team Commitment
In my eight years of helping organizations build teams, many managers think that team building is a great opportunity to chill and relax.
Raise Team Awareness
Help your team make accurate assessments of its actions and structure. Understand that your team is a perfect fit for the current structure and the performance of its members.
Promote the I in Teams
In an effort to promote teamwork, some team-building facilitators forced the I to disappear. There is I in teamwork. That “I” is the individual.
Clarify Team Roles
A role given to a member of the team may not provide a whole meaningful satisfaction. Sometimes, it feels too small to make a real difference. But a clear role does make a difference.
Set Team Guidelines
Your team can set your own guidelines. You do not have to wait for management to write down a new set of policies for your team to perform well.
Encourage Team Accountability
You will experience exponential success when you encourage team accountability. We are on this together.
A Team Charter May Promote Commitment
create a team charter with your team because a team charter can help focus on your purpose.