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Here’s How to have a Cohesive team

August 12, 2016

Build a Productive team

Develop a strong team that achieves results

If you’re like most supervisors, leading people is your biggest challenge. Whether as individuals or in groups, people can be tricky and unpredictable.

How do you see the role of a team leader? As controller, commander, ruler and decision maker? Or as delegator, coach, champion, catalyst and guide? With the growing use of teams – work-based teams, virtual teams, merged teams, temporary teams, problem-solving and value – adding teams – your ability to help people achieve more together than they could on their own is a valuable skill.

What is your team’s culture?/

What groups and teams do you belong to? What are their unwritten codes of behaviour, assumptions about their world and ways of doing things? How do people help and support each other? Who talks to whom? Who ignores whom? Whose lead to people follows? What are their energy levels: for example, how fast do people walk and how quickly do they get things done? What is the dress code? How much do they laugh? These are all aspects of a team’s culture.

Do you have a group or a team?

Does each person in your work group rely mostly on themselves to get their own job done? If so, you may have a work group. Or does everyone pitch in together, able to contribute because of everyone else’s contributions? Then you probably have a team.

In a team people depend on each other, it’s only through ‘pulling together’ that they achieve their goals. In ‘real’ teams, people skills are complementary. They may or may not work in the same physical location, but they combine to achieve something together that no one could achieve on their own. People can work individually, in subgroups or as a whole team as the need arises. In effective teams, there is a feeling of ‘us’, an esprit de corps, and‘we’re all in this together’ camaraderie.

Whether you are supervising a work group or a team, develop a shared vision and shared commitment to goals, a sense of team spirit and cooperation, respect and appreciation for each other’s differing contribution. You will reap the benefits in increased cohesiveness, morale and productivity. For that reason, we use the terms ‘groups’ and ‘team’ interchangeably.

So here is our team to build a cohesive team

· Paint a clear picture of the team purpose – through team meetings and in individual discussion

· Make the goals and measures of success clear through team meetings and in individual discussion

· Make sure everyone knows their own part in achieving them

· Make sure everyone understands the parts other team members play in achieving them

· Make the most of everyone’s skills, knowledge and work preferences

· Build a sense of team spirit and pride, for example by celebrating the team’s success in reaching its goals

I hope some of these teams above will assist you to build a cohesive team. High Performance Coaching and Training can support in your team alignment. Just give us a call or a free team analysis assessment.

Lee Stemm – Leadership and Performance Coach / Training

High Performance Coaching and Training

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