When we consider that a team is a group of people with complimentary skills who work together to complete a task or project this is seemingly a clear-cut definition.
Motivated teams are strong, independent, flexible, outward in their thinking and get things done. They are constant, disciplined and mindful of their output.
However molding a group of individuals into such a strong and effective team requires a wide-ranging knowledge set. This knowledge set contains the objectives, duration and membership of the team, in addition there is knowledge of the likely pushes and pulls that the team will face, their milestones, possible pauses in their workflow and influential external stakeholders.
A successful team is expected to complete the following:
- Operate with a high degree of interdependence
- Share task and team authority and responsibility for their self-management
- Maintain collective accountability
- Work towards common their common goals and shared rewards
The performance of a team can be deemed to be successful if their strong sense of mutual commitment creates synergy which in turn generates performance that us greater than the sun of the performance of it’s individual members.
So what are the mechanisms to take a group of diverse individuals and mold them into a cohesive and effective team?
Building team is a complex process. Making it seem simple is more complex again. Team building is a combination of formal class room instruction along with group and individual experiences and coaching supports. No-one is pushed beyond their comfort zone, yet equally participants are nurtured and encouraged to move beyond their fears.