The most straightforward definition of teamwork is “work done as a team”. People working together with the same purpose. A successful event happens in part because of the efforts and hard work of your team. Yes teamwork is vital for success. And it can be a short leap from success to failure. If I’ve learned anything it’s you won’t have success without a thriving and cohesive team. It’s been said and I agree that a team’s work usually surpasses that of an individual. That teams are more reactive, adaptable and accommodating. And that the productivity and end results created via teamwork are way higher than those from an individual.
Team guidance happens by establishing the right environment that lets your team blossom. Creating a tone where they feel comfortable enough to share their thoughts and opinions. Where they are invested and feel encouraged to convey ideas and suggestions. It has been proven that when we foster our people, their assets and strengths. As a group we’re more effective at accomplishing our objectives and goals.
Three Steps to Creating Teamwork
In the name of teamwork teams can also face squabbling, power struggles, internal battles and conflict. Looking to build up or to make better all things teamwork is a way to ensure success.
Let everyone have input. Welcome the thoughts and views of your team. Pay attention to your peoples suggestions and ideas. Have team meetings when possible and listen to the feedback. No matter the level of involvement we all want to participate and be heard.
Believe in your team. Controlling and breathing down someone’s neck is out. Providing them with the information, tools and knowledge they need to soar is in. Bestowing trust to those on the front-line is the best step to a successful outcome. No one is saying give away your power just make them more powerful by providing inspiration and support.
Lead by example. The sign of a good leader is the ability to communicate, teach, demonstrate and inspire. Motivating others to do the best possible job is a win-win situation. Don’t micromanage, jump in and lead by example. Forgo the ego and share, nurture, motivate and encourage others and they will learn faster and I promise you work harder.
Teamwork…is that All it Takes?
When creating and encouraging teamwork the list can be long. Set objectives and goals. Share what you want them to do and provide as much information for success as possible. Be supportive; develop and build up individual’s strengths and skills. Recognize hard work and participation. And remember if work was meant to be fun it would be called play. Having said that I always, always try and make the job as enjoyable as possible.