Is your team a successful team?

Anna Albrecht
April 30, 2023

Companies are focusing on teamwork, and the blogs and guidebooks are full of tips and tricks for 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 that characterize a successful team.

What exactly makes a team a successful one?

The first thing you need is a direction

In order to create a high level of morale and a real sense of togetherness, a vision is needed. After all, working towards a common goal has a decisive influence on togetherness and team building.

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 coming next. Flowcharts, processes and clear structures are not remnants of the past leadership culture, but important characteristics of good collaboration.

Where are we, what is the goal, how do we get there and what have we already achieved? Once these questions have been clarified, the team can focus on the tasks and use its competencies.

Accountability in the overall success of the team

Assigning blame or even denying responsibility is a difficult issue in teamwork. After all, the team can only become a successful team if team members feel collectively responsible for the success of the project or the company. Commitment, work ethic and loyalty play a major role in this cooperation.

Be one unit

All the previous points already show that it becomes more difficult when you see each other as opponents. When a team internalizes that it contributes to success together, 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 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 time for a serious discussion and the annual review, the fear is often great. It is 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 do not become so oversized. Yes, feedback can sometimes be not so good, but it must be constructive in any case. It is also important to create an understanding of what the feedback is for. It's not about saying what the other person did badly, but about showing ways that can make it easier for the whole team to communicate and work better together.

In this way, each person contributes his or her part to a good cooperation in the team and solutions can be worked out together how such a problem situation can be avoided in the future. 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 are welcome to use our free personality analysis as support.

Recognize the roles of the team

Collaboration means working together. But this can only happen if everyone is aware of their tasks. Only then can the tasks mesh and ensure project success and a head start. A common cause of unclear task assignments is a lack of awareness of team roles. The allocation of team members to their roles, increases the optimal use of existing potentials 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 can help you with this. It breaks down the various factors such as roles, values and working methods in more detail and gives clear recommendations for action.

Why is good collaboration so important?

A team is not yet a team - only when you really work together great things can happen. Understanding and trust are the most important building blocks here. Understanding for oneself, for the others in the team and for the team's situation. If we then dare to communicate honestly and openly with each other, individual situations can be addressed. This creates a team in which everyone can contribute as they are: with all their strengths, abilities and potential.

Anna Albrecht
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