There is no I in Team.
Well, I mean you are part of a team, but you aren't the whole team. We always shudder at the idea of "teamwork" --for anyone like me who has been let down time after time in college in group projects.
Unlike college, teams in the business world really need to work together because a client or the company itself is relying on a finished package that WORKS.
What makes an effective team?
It's great to have a team where everyone is the same, but then you will just be rehashing the same ideas. Sometimes, throwing a few ideas from different people into the mix will help you create a unique twist on a tried-and-true idea and will help you work together as a team to find a common ground.
I cannot account that everyone in the world is open-minded, but for a team to work everyone needs to be on the same page. You may have a by-the-books baby boomer working alongside a new school millennial with some new ideas. Both ends need to be open because there is merit to both traditional and new age and both can work together to form a new idea or product. You never know!
3) Daily Conversation
An effective team needs to realize that daily correspondence is key for everyone and everything involved in a project. Not only does this create "check-points" within your group so you have many keeping track of changes, but it also opens up the ability to speak about what is and isn't working and how as a team you can fix these issues before moving onto the next item.
4) Delegation of roles
Nobody can be everybody at once, which is why it is good to delegate roles so that each person can work on their own portion of a collective goal. It is important to keep everyone on a even playing field--not in an everybody gets a trophy type way--but so that each person is equally working towards the main goal and no single person is doing more than another. Does it help to put someone in charge of everyone? Possibly, but it isn't necessary if you feel you have an effective team.
Beyond the project in front of you, it is been said that effective team-building activities can drive creativity and camaraderie between a group of individuals. If you are working on activities outside the project itself, you may find alternative ways to tackle said project and you are also developing closer relationships with your team as well. I am much more driven to help a group of people I care for than complete strangers--that's just human nature.
What do you feel are elements that make up an effective team?
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