5 Team Building Tips
Team building is essential to any enterprise and is more easily said than done. Many factors go into building a group to successfully work as a team. In a good team, all the parts work together. In an outstanding team, the whole is greater than the sum of its parts, including the builder. The following five tips will help any successful team building course.
Nothing worthwhile comes overnight and a team should be made to last. Do not rush selecting members. Better to wait and recruit the right person if possible than to spend extra time and energy on somebody whose productivity will not be worth the investment. When the right people are assembled, do not rush the training even if they already have experience and talent. The team must be built uniquely to its own purposes.
The egos of the individual members are important for two reasons. One, they must be self-auditing to prevent petty differences from overcoming the success of the team. Two, they must be validated in order to motivate the best in people.
Human beings are not cogs in a machine even if their actions should seem to work together that fluidly.
The advantage of hiring experienced people is they already know a lot. The disadvantage is they may have old habits that need to be broken. Likewise, the advantage of novices with the right attitude is they come with a fresh perspective and a new energy. The disadvantage is they need to be trained from the ground up. Often the time available to build the team and the nature of the work will determine which type to select.
People need to know their roles and work together in them. That requires that each role be defined very precisely and that each member of the team be placed according to their part. Sometimes it means recruiting people that may not be the very best for the role alone, but who will mix well with the team the builder is trying to create. Always remember, “To each according to their gifts.”
The hardest part of building a team is correcting others. Two rules will help every time. One, always assume innocence. Two, praise people in public, correct them in private.
Ultimately, no team building course makes a perfect science of it, and it will be as much an art as a process.