Tips for Creating an Effective Business Team

May 21, 2013
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Have you ever wondered why some teams complete goals efficiently while others fail? When certain necessary components are missing, a team can end up dragging out a process instead of completing a task.

While there is no magic recipe for team success, there are certain values you can ensure are in place to give the team the best chance of achieving its goals. Here are some things to think about in that regard from your friends at Dale Carnegie Training of the Mid-Atlantic:

Engage active team members — Your team will not function effectively unless each member is willing to put in the effort required. Team members who are proactive and understanding of their own parts in the larger process will facilitate progress and cooperation from their fellow team members.

Delegate leadership — If one or more team members demonstrate leadership qualities, you should delegate duties to them and simply take on an advisory role, which is a more efficient use of a leader’s time. That way you can focus on inspiring the best work performance from others and describe and communicate your visions and goals for the team clearly and often.

Maintain integrity — An effective team is guided by a sense of values. Working with integrity means sticking to the company guidelines and mission statement. Workers that have a strong sense of integrity do more than simply avoid rule-breaking practices; they ensure the highest quality on all work presented.

Promote goal-oriented thinking — A team must be able to keep a common goal in mind to ensure success. This type of thinking galvanizes a team, resulting in a higher level of focus and an emphasis on teamwork.

Keep the enthusiasm level high — Teams always work more efficiently when they are not bogged down by negativity. Successful teams consist of members who maintain realistic perspectives while tackling all problems with enthusiasm and positive attitudes. Remember, people want to have fun—even at work!

Monitor the team’s ability to connect — The ability to work well with others is important to any successful team. When team members aren’t buried in interpersonal conflicts, they focus on achieving goals. Workers who demonstrate this quality can work through problems like personality clashes, and maintain positive relationships for the good of the team.

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