Companies are focusing on teamwork, and the blogs and guidebooks are full of tips and tricks on how to be a successful team. But what is the secret? How do you turn a bunch of lone warriors into a group of motivated people? Let's take a look at the factors characterizing a successful team.
What exactly makes a team successful?
First of all, it needs a direction
In order to create a high work ethic and a real sense of a "us", a vision is needed. Because working towards a common goal influences togetherness and team building to a decisive extent.
OrganizAtion is the O and A 🙂
It takes structure: in addition to the goal, it is important to have a clear understanding of what steps are next. Flowcharts, processes and clear structures aren’t remnants of past leadership culture, but important features of good collaboration.
Where are we, what is the goal, how do we get there and what have we already achieved? When these questions are clarified, the team can focus on the tasks at hand and leverage its competencies.
Accountability in the overall success of the team
Assigning blame or even denying responsibility is a difficult issue in teamwork. Because only when team members feel collectively responsible for the success of the project or the company, the team can become successful. Commitment, work ethic and loyalty play a major role in this collaboration.
Be a unit
All the previous points already show that it becomes more difficult when people see each other as opponents. When a team internalizes that they are working together for success, the desired spirit comes. As a unit, you don't point the finger at your colleagues when they can't cope with their own tasks, but you jump in and support them. Because it's not about whether it's their success or yours - it's your team success.
Communication - praise, feedback and criticism
We all know by now that feedback is important. But we still hold back on criticism. When it comes to serious discussions and the annual review meeting, the fear is often great. It’s possible that topics from the last six months will be put on the table and the colleague will list all the mistakes... Regular feedback is therefore all the more important so that topics don’t become oversized. Yes, sometimes feedback may not turn out so well, but it must be constructive in any case. It’s also important to create an understanding of what the feedback is for. It's not about saying what the other person did badly, but showing ways that can make it easier for the whole team to work better together. Finding a solution together with how such a problem situation can be avoided in the future, contributes to good teamwork. To do this, it is important that you first know what you are like, how you want to work and what is important to you. Knowing this and communicating it, is the basis for working with your team. You can use our free personality analysis to help you with this.
Recognize the roles of the team
Collaboration means working together. But this can only happen if everyone is aware of his/her tasks. In this way the tasks can interlock and ensure project success and a head start. A common cause of unclear task assignments is a lack of awareness of team roles. Assigning team members to their roles, increases the optimal use of existing potential of each individual and thus the efficiency in the team.
Based on these factors, you can assess whether your team is successful. Your own assessment and perception also play an important role. Even if all factors point to "successful", your own perception may be different. Then you should identify more precisely where the shoe pinches. Our team analysis, as part of our team development program, can help you with this. It breaks down the various factors such as roles, values and working methods in more detail and shows clear recommendations for action.
Why is good cooperation so essential?
A team is not yet a team - only when you really work together great things can emerge. Understanding and trust are the most important building blocks in this context: Understanding for oneself, for the others in the team and for the team's situation are just as important as the confidence that we can speak honestly and openly with each other to address individual situations.
This creates a team in which everyone can contribute as they are: with all their strengths, abilities and potential.
Our team development program supports you in this. Because that's exactly what it's made for - for a team that trusts and understands each other and creates outstanding things together.