“Individual commitment to a group effort – that’s what makes a team work, a company work, a society work, a civilization work.’ – Vince Lombardi
“The difference between victory and failure is a great team.” No matter how smart, brilliant, driven, or passionate you are, your success as an entrepreneur depends on your skill to build and motivate a team. A successful leader is one who can spur his or her team members to work well together towards a common vision and goals.
All teams develop according to some natural patterns and using that knowledge, you can offer some guidance to build the kind of team that communicates well and finds better ways to collaborate and accomplish success.
As a way to improve teamwork and help companies become more efficient, researcher Bruce Wayne Tuckman published “Tuckman’s Stages” in 1965. It talked about the four stages of development all teams move through over time: forming, storming, norming, and performing.
Here’s what it takes to cultivate a dream-team….
1) Captivating Team Resolution
Having a clear team vision is probably the most important thing for any team. This might be the same as the business vision statement, but if it’s a bigger organization, you need a specific team vision as well. The idea here is not to get too complicated, but to bring everyone together with a common purpose – something that’s motivating and somehow aligns with individuals’ goals. Use simple language that inspires the team to pull together for something bigger than themselves!
2) Strong Responsibilities
With a predominant vision, tasks need to be broken down so that each team member knows exactly how their role feeds into the vision. Uncertainty creates stress, so don’t leave people predicting. Spell out what each person is responsible for and how their role contributes to the team’s performance.
3) Optimistic Team Culture
The team culture and team norms that develop over time for the most part confirm the ways in which team members act with one another. A victorious team culture implies that team members encourage one another ,they’re equally involved concerning the team outcomes and fewer driven by individual motivations.
How do you create a positive team culture? If your team is quite homogenous, a strong team culture may come naturally, but if not, you might have to work a bit harder.
Yes, teamwork makes the dreamwork, but there’s more to it than just pitching together a group of people and hoping for the best. A dream team needs structures around it and management to get it performing at high levels. A strong leader can put in place changes to increase team performance, but equally, any team member can also implement many of these things.
Once you have a team with high levels of trust among members, high performance, strong and respectful relationships between members, you’ll truly understand how teamwork makes the dream-work!