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Teamwork is essential to the success of your business. But there’s lots more to it than describing your employees as “team members” or using clichés such as “our team is here to help you”.
1. First Step: Focus
You must have a specific and well defined business focus and target market. You can’t expect your teams to help you if you
- Don’t know exactly “what business you’re in”
- Whom you’re trying to sell to.
2. Management Team Dissension
All members of the management team must agree about business focus and target market. Staff will “sniff out” dissension about business goals and markets quicker than you can say “marketing”. If management can’t agree about business objectives, employees won’t bother.
3. Imprecise Expectations
Your teams need to know exactly what you expect of them in four areas:
- as a team
- as individual team members
- as teams operating with other teams
- as team contributors to business success.
4. Team Rewards
It’s good to reward individual staff who perform well. It’s even better to reward all members of a high performing team. Do you have team rewards and incentives in place?
5. Personality Conflicts
Do you spend time trying to resolve “personality conflicts” or “interpersonal problems” when you should be concentrating on the source of such problem. It’s usually lack of role and goal clarity.
6. Collaboration Clarity
Do you know for sure which teams need to collaborate most closely for business success? Do you stress the need for effective collaboration between those teams?
7. Inter-team System Compatibility
We all know that “if your systems are poor your people will fail”. It’s essential to have systems in place to enable each team to work well. But it’s also essential to have systems in place that enhance effective co-operation between teams. Read the rest of this entry »