TEAMS AND TEAMWORK
Assimilated and promoted by Victor Borchers
What a team is NOT:
- “A group of people with just a common goal as with people on an aircraft who have a common goal/destination. Each person may have the same goal/destination, but they are not a team, they are just a group of people”. VJB
- “A team is not a group of people that just work together. A team is a group of people that trust each other”. Simon Sinek
The National Research Centre defines a team as a group of people who:
- Work together to complete a shared task
- Are dependent on each other to complete the task
- Have an array of skills enabling them to carry out some of each other’s tasks
- Have different degrees of self-management, i.e. the team decides for itself how they allocate tasks and which methods to apply
- Can have different degrees of autonomy
- Have a team manager with direct managerial responsibility who is able to influence the processes of the team as well as some of the structures within and surrounding the team
Katzeback & Douglas in “The Wisdom of Teams” define a team as:
“A small number of people with complementary skills who are committed to a common purpose, performance goals and an approach (shared values) for which they hold themselves mutually accountable”.
The Sandglaz Blog states “The Six Characteristics of Highly Effective Teams”:
- They have great leadership
- They have team members high in emotional intelligence.
- They have a good mix of introverts and extroverts.
- They share the same stories.
- They make time for humour.
- They communicate proactively.
How do you build a team?
- Consider each employee’s ideas as valuable.
- Be aware of employee’s unspoken feelings.
- Act as a harmonizing influence.
- Be clear when communicating.
- Encourage trust and cooperation amongst team members.
- Encourage team members to share information.
How do you build an effective team? National Research Centre
- Establish leadership.
- Establish relationships with each employee.
- Build relationships between employees.
- Foster teamwork.
- Set ground rules.
How do you motivate your team? National Research Centre
- Pay your people what they are worth.
- Provide a pleasant place of work.
- Offer opportunities for self-development.
- Foster collaboration within the team.
- Encourage happiness.
- Set clear goals.
- Don’t micromanage (BUT YOU MUST MEASURE).
- Don’t punish failure.
- Avoid useless meetings.
- National Research Centre