Your organization may have excellent infrastructure, great physical resources, and benevolent leadership. But, how good is your team? The people who actually make your company tick. The success and failure of your organization can often hinge on whether you’ve put together the perfect team. Here’s 7 tips to make that happen.
1. Have you Set Precise Goals?
Set realistic goals for the team. Ensure that all members of the team understand what is expected of them. Also, define the employees tasks and their role in the team. The lack of clear direction could demotivate the employee, leading to a poor performance.
2. Do they have what it Takes?
Before recruiting a candidate, make sure that they have the required skills to perform their role. If it is a technical or a specialized skill, check if it can be learnt on the job. Alternately, should the candidate be well-versed in those skills through prior experience?
If you hire a candidate who does not possess the skills for his job, take time to understand his skill-set, objectives, and talent. Check if you are able to able to assign a different role within the same team to better utilize his skills.
3. Are you a Good Leader?
An effective leader understands his team and is adept at handling them. You should not be unapproachable as a leader, instead be communicative and encourage camaraderie amongst team members. Utilize their strengths, be a bold decision-maker, and set appropriate standards of performance. Get to know your team and understand what it takes to motivate them.
Jack Welsh, Chairman and CEO of General Electric between 1981 and 2001, is an oft-cited example of a successful leader. During his tenure, the company’s value rose over 4000%.
4. Is There a Perfect Mix?
Apart from skill-sets, the individual personalities of the candidates go a long way in building the right team. If you have an employee with specialized skills, ensure that he turns the ideas into solutions. For every quiet, creative employee who generates ideas, hire an extrovert who boasts a good network. You need a sober person to ascertain the merit of each idea and also a dynamic individual who works best under pressure. Hire employees who boast strong individual personalities whilst complementing each other.
5. Is your Communication Transparent?
Be a good listener. Make sure that your team is open with their ideas, constraints, and also their fears and insecurities. Stress the importance of diverse opinions and address conflicts in an effective manner. Besides this, the organization should keep the team up-to-date on business decisions and provide actionable feedback.
6. Do you have a Team Culture?
Employees should understand and share the organization’s vision, thereby ensuring its success. Apart from this, the organization should inculcate collaboration among team members and not competition, thus creating a positive work culture. A weekly team-building activity, which nurtures the employees’ talent, is a step in the right direction.
Google Inc. is an example of positive organizational culture, with a Chief Cultural Officer to nurture the core values of the company.
7. How About Discussions?
Conflict is unavoidable in any team. An open and frank discussion is the key to solving problems. In order to carry out a successful discussion, ensure that all the team members participate, stick to the subject and summarize the important arguments or points towards the end. Bring the discussion to an end with a consensus and a conclusive action.
A committed team is one that isn’t all about work, but also fun. With high levels of motivation and fantastic rewards, the office becomes a better place to work, producing the best possible results.
Don’t believe us? Here’s a picture of Team Zopim: