As Thomas Edison once coined, " If we did all the things we were capable of doing, we would literally astound ourselves". And it sounds so true in a world that has redefined the term singular existence.
Maybe its better if we start with the questions or doubts, which can certainly lead us to a conclusion. So what defines a team and its heralding significance of leading us an inch ahead toward the success or the objectives that we set forth for as an individual or an organization ?
Individual objectives has some rhetoric relevance here though, since our Individual accomplishments are the one that leads down to cumulative resultant which we tag it as organization accomplishments.
Team is certainly not a non-existential entity, it comprises individual factors and to succinctly phrase up, team is an aggregation of contributing members to achieve one single objective.
It isn't enough to have a team; a team must be built. It not just about choosing members, there is more of building it, laying foundation and structuring it, so that the end resultant can be achieved, efficiently.
Efficacy of any Organization has it's sole criteria, ie the workforce or the Team. They facilitate in streamlining the process and increasing its efficiency and effectiveness. Team building skills are critical for the effectiveness of a manager or an entrepreneur, running a firm. Some of the key areas in Team building can be identified as:
Efficient Leadership :
It is the time we abandon the notion that the credit for any significant achievement is solely attributable to the person at the top of the hierarchy. The rustic corporate monotheism is finally giving way to a more realistic view that acknowledges leaders not as organizational god but as first among many other contributors. So it is pertinent that a good leadership can set the rat race for overall enhancement in the productivity, by treating his subordinates as co-workers. Some of the inherent qualities a good leader should have can be enlisted as:
A good leader should set the direction and help in determining the goals, and after having done that should step back and become part of the team. He must know when to assume authority and when to begin spreading the authority among team members.
Diversity of skills and personalities:
A team comprises different individuals with complimentary skills who work together towards a common goal. For a thought to come out of different box, people need different heads to do it. Multitudes of ideas, proves effective for a task. It's through these ideas one can blend attributes to work that are desirable. People with different personalities and skills can imparts those.
Its quite understood that, human beings want to be listened to and they want to have a voice in matters that affect them. Same goes true with the team building. A good communication path paves in for proper transactions of ideas. Ideas propels the work, a healthy way to reckon the buoyancy of an effective communication bridge.
Shared goals and objectives :
To work as one, its wiser to share goals rather distribute it. This instills involvement of the whole team in the decision making process. This would also serve as a better platform for plethora of ideas to surge up. On top of it, a sense of accountability is developed in each of the team members. What better way to motivate through this !!
Recognizing individual needs:
This factor takes account of the basic truth that not everyone is the same. And an effective way to energize and motivate one's team is to strategize plans that can cover the basic requirements of each and every team members.
Having covered the requirements of building an effective team, we certainly can't miss the benefiting parts.
A good Team always has its benefits, some of them are namely:
Innovation : Creativity and innovation are not just confined to the dormitories of upper level management, rather the diversified standpoint view of each of the members matters. More the diverse a team is, higher is the probability of innovation to occur. We should be conscious of the fact that ‘Strength lies in differences, not in similarities’.
"Innovation has nothing to do with how many R&D dollars you have. When Apple came up with the Mac, IBM was spending at least 100 times more on R&D. It's not about money. It's about the people you have, how you're led, and how much you get it. " -Steve Jobs.
Excellence: Excellence by virtue is the cornerstone of any organization since most of the volume of an organization's work is spoken by it. But one needs to distinguish excellence from a mere program to a rather subjective word ‘process', which can be solely be attributed to the work of a team as a whole.
Retention: This is one of the most important benefit of an effective team building. Market at today's scenario has become a turf for the fiercest battle to retent talents. Attrition rates has skyrocketed for some but for some has dwarfed, and one of the deduction to explain this would be the management in building a good, friendly and efficient team.
Enjoyment in doing the work: A good team build up, encompasses all the key areas where each of the members are in healthy symbiotic relationship with one another. A friendly atmosphere brews up, which adds fun with the work they are assigned to.
There are more benefits of an effective team, all one needs is to experience it. But, certainly building a good team isn't an easy task, it demands dedication and clear cut strategies. It maybe possible that in short run it may appear to be more trouble than it's worth, but in the long run, people will be happier and so will the organization be.