“In business, success is a result of a perfectly orchestrated and collaborated team effort.” David Guest

Without a team to back you up, success can be next to impossible. Steve jobs was part of team Apple, Richard Branson team Virgin, just as David Guest is part of the larger team within Outcomes Business Group. It is important to understand that teams are built through time. You cannot possibly expect your team to work out on the first day, because there are different factors to consider for someone wanting to build a winning and effective team.

David has put his thoughts together on the necessary ingredients for an effective team. Scan through these and you’ll be sure to find a pointer or two that you can later apply to your team, we’d love to hear the results!

Good leadership

This is the most critical and must be the top of all priorities. The leader establishes the team’s drive for excellence. Thus, it is important to develop leadership skills. It is important to note that a leader faces a multi-faceted role as mentor, cheerleader, slave driver, and counselor; and sometimes, even as a servant. A leader can make or break up a team, so if you are a leader in your team, step up to the role and do not turn back. Own it.

goalsGoals

Goals serve as the team’s guiding compass, the direction for any organization. Knowing your own goals, and the goals of your business will motivate your team members to contribute immensely to the team, since goals give them a sense of purpose. Communicate to them the goals of your organization so you are sure that you are on the same page with the rest of the group.

Commitment

Commitment is vital for your team’s perseverance. Whilst involvement says “Yes, I’ll do this”, Commitment says “Yes, I’ll do this, and will be with you on the same page until the end.” Commitment is very important to a team because it tells you that everybody will be there and will be helping out, even more than the 8 to 5 workday, and even, against the odds.

Communication

Communication bridges gaps and will create the firm bonds of the team. There can never be too much communication in a team. Everybody must know that communication lines are open and that everybody should be willing to listen. As long as communication lines are open, the team will be okay. Trouble usually sets in if people do not communicate anymore.

organisationOrganisation

Organisation is the cornerstone of any team if you’re to prevent an ambiguous environment from existing. You need to organise your team so that every member of the will function according to their specialisation or their assigned tasks. In this way, the team will be able to rise to all challenges of the business and you’ll get quality outputs as a result.

Collaboration

Collaboration will occur if there’s a clear division of labour. Division of labour will make the team members function better than have a much generalised version of what to do.

Competence Good relations and positive attitude can only do so much. Another vital ingredient in teams is individual competence. This means, everybody must be able to contribute to the different areas needed to complete your business’ objectives. Without competent individuals, a team can only do a small fraction of the work needed, and that means the entire team become ineffective.