At root, businesses are just collections of people who come together to sell a product or service. But how these individuals interact with each other can determine the success or failure of the company.
We all know what it’s like working in enterprises that lack a team spirit. Everyone is out for themselves. And most people expend the majority of their energy worrying about what other people are thinking and doing instead of getting on with their own work.
But sometimes, so-called “dream teams” emerge. And these have the potential to build world-beating businesses. They’re successful because each member of the team is fully aligned with the goals of the project, not their own. Furthermore, they’re not wasting time, thinking about what other people think. Instead, all their energy is going into the task at hand, radically improving their productivity.
So what does a dream team look like? And how can you generate the conditions to create one?
Focus On Individual Strengths, Not Weaknesses
Modern business culture is obsessed with ironing out people’s weaknesses. But that seems to go against the principle of team building. The purpose of a team is to bring together a bunch of people who specialize in different areas and can rely on each other. If anything, businesses should be focusing on enhancing each member’s strengths instead of addressing their weaknesses, because other people can always pick up the slack.
When everyone just focuses on what they can do, working together becomes easier and more predictable. Many employees also enjoy it more.
Create Team Systems
Great teams also have their own systems – certain ways of doing things. This could mean:
- Structuring meetings in a specific way
- Reaching out to clients and customers with digital business cards for teams
- Having a team culture or spirit
- Having a shared drive or portal online
- Going for regular meetings or brainstorming sessions
Having team systems helps to create predictability and order. It also provides a framework on which people can evolve their practices.
Get Everyone To Contribute
In any team, there will be gregarious outgoing people, and those who are more shy or reluctant to bring their ideas to the table. The trick of managing an effective team is to ensure that everyone has the chance to speak at some point and get their ideas across.
You can achieve this by setting rules for how your team communicates. In meetings, for instance, you could include an agenda that gives everyone an opportunity to speak up and say how they feel.
Give People Independence
Finally, if you want to get the best out of people in your organization, it’s a great idea to give them more independence. When individuals have autonomy, they tend to feel happier and make sensible decisions. Don’t be afraid to pass the baton onto others. And make sure that if you head up a team that you make it clear that anyone can introduce new ideas. The more you provide autonomy, the more trust you’ll generate, and the more engaged employees will become.