10 Teambuilding Tips Part 2
How can you help build a strong, productive, and supportive team?
In the last article, I gave tips 1-5:
1. FIND OR CREATE A TEAM LEADER
2. DEVELOP GOOD COMMUNICATION
3. FIGURE OUT WHAT YOUR COMPANY NEEDS TO BE SUCCESSFUL
4. ASSESS THE STRENGTHS, WEAKNESSES AND NEEDS OF THE TEAM
5. AGREE ON TEAM RULES
Now, we’re going to focus on:
6. SUPPORT THE TEAM–EVEN WHEN THERE’S CONFLICT
It’s easy when everybody gets along … the real test of a team is when there’s disagreement. If team
members learn to mediate differences of opinion, then you know you have an effective team.
7. ENCOURAGE CREATIVITY AND RISK-TAKING
No one wants to make a mistake, especially if coworkers are going to be punitive. However, only those
who are willing to fail will be willing to try new things. Team members need to support creative ideas, learn
from the ones that don’t succeed the first, second, or even tenth time, and try again.
8. GIVE POSITIVE AND CONSTRUCTIVE FEEDBACK
I never met a person who started the day by saying, “I think I’ll be terrible at work today.” Nearly everyone
wants to be liked and accepted. If the team keeps this in mind, it’ll become natural to give positive and
helpful feedback. People will want to contribute to a team that recognizes their strengths and offers to help
9. MOTIVATE THE TEAM
People are motivated by what they want. It could be money for me, but a trip to a resort for somebody else.
So how do you find out what makes a person happy? Just ask them! Compile a list of rewards, and let the
team know how they can win them.
10. LEAD BY EXAMPLE
If you don’t follow the team rules, but expect everyone else to, eventually they’ll stop, too. If you’re critical,
expect your team to be that way. If, on the other hand, you arrive early, take on more than your share, help
out, and are supportive and positive, you’ll be modeling the kind of behavior that you want your team to display.
An empowered team can do what others thought was impossible get started today!
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