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Team Building Training - Build Effective Teams

Team building training - build effective teams

How do you build an effective team?

Here are the steps

Understand what a team IS

You can define "a team" as:
"A group of two or more individuals working together, in harmony, in order to achieve a predetermined goal".

Take each element of the definition and comply with its meaning:

Let's take it, a step at a time:

"A group of two or more individuals..."

To form a team, you'll need to have more than one person. Obviously, two is the minimum number for a team.

But is there a maximum number? Is there an upper limit to the team's number?

We believe the answer is NO.

But .....
As the team grows larger, it is harder to keep it functioning as a team, because, as the numbers increase, the other two parts of the definition become increasingly difficult to comply with.

I.e. as the team numbers increase, it is increasingly difficult to keep the team

  1. In harmony
  2. Focused on the same goal

Let us look closer..........
"A group of two or more individuals.........Working together in harmony......"

Let's start with the phrase

Working together:
This does NOT necessarily mean that they have to be in the same physical location.
"Working together", in this context means, "Working in cooperation". You can be working together with a colleague, in another office, located on the other side of the planet.

The team members may never actually meet, in person, and still function perfectly well "as a team"

"Working together..... IN HARMONY"

In harmony means two things:
In harmony means "in a coordinated fashion".

i.e. the team is covering all aspects of the task:

  1. Without any duplication of effort
  2. Without any omission
  3. Without any extraneous tasks being done.

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In harmony means: "in an emotional state of mutual respect and sympathy".

The phrase "In harmony" therefore, has both Intellectual and emotional connotations.
"A group of two or more individuals.........Working together in harmony......In order to achieve a pre-determined goal"

The team is defined by the goal

Without a goal, there is no team.
Without a goal the team would be merely "a group of two or more individuals working together in order to occupy their time between 9 and 5 and waste the shareholders money"

The goal is the thing that binds the team together

  1. What is the goal of the team?
  2. How is the goal quantifiable measured?
  3. By what means will it be achieved?

These three questions must be answered in complete detail:

Only then will the team remain cohesive and functional.
Often, these three questions are not well defined by the leadership and therefore the team does not function optimally.
Often the goal is stated in terms that are too vague:

Example of a vague goal: ("Our goal is to delight our customers")
As a result, it is difficult to measure whether progress is being made, or whether progress is not being made.
As a result of having only a vague goal, the plan, is equally vague and confused.

This causes the team to become disorganised and de-motivated.

What can we draw from this discussion?

In order to build a team, act upon the following:
Write down the answer to this question "What is the goal of your team?" Make explicit the purpose of the team, in a clear written statement.
State how the goal will be measured: What will be the measure of success?
Build and communicate detailed written plans that are "intelligently-designed" to achieve the goal.

Ensure the plan does not create:

  1. Needless duplication of effort
  2. Obvious omission
  3. Extraneous tasks

Choose only those people who are willing and able to work in harmony with others: i.e. "in a state of emotional sympathy and mutual respect".

  1. Avoid those people who cannot, (or will not) agree with the goal.
  2. Avoid those people who argue merely to prove their "superior intellect".

Choose the minimum number of people necessary to complete the task. I.e. as the team numbers increase, it is increasingly difficult to keep the team

  1. In harmony
  2. Focused on the same goal

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