- January 14, 2020
- Posted by: Robert Grossman
- Categories: Leadership, Teamwork
COMMON OBSTACLES IN TEAMWORK
Business leaders often run into many obstacles that keep them from moving forward solely because of their doubts and fears. Since they are not perfect, it is crucial to learn how to partner well with others to form a stronger team effort.
Strong teamwork consists of people who are committed and want to work together to be prosperous and productive. Having a team of diversified individuals will bring many positive aspects to a business venture. Be aware that one of the pitfalls is cloning the same people over and over, which will eventually lead to limited resources and limited skills.
The first strategy to implement is to identify your talents and the talents of your team. Once you identify these strong suits and the areas that you have the most skill around. The next step is to determine the expertise and skills needed to find people where you are experiencing the most significant challenge and have the greatest need for growth. By doing this, you to balance out the team and the project in a better way.
HARD WORK HAS BENEFITS, NOT ALL THE TIME
In the long run, hard work always pays off. But, if you have to apply sweat and stress every step of the way, it’s going to be an arduous journey. It is so important to be surrounded by others with different strengths than your own. When a leader and his/her team members strive toward the same goal with their talents, the journey will be much more productive and enjoyable.
YOU CAN’T DO IT ALL BY YOURSELF
Some people believe they must excel in every aspect of their business, or they will never succeed. We have found this NOT to be valid. You must learn to celebrate your skills and manage/accept your shortcomings. The goal is to stay focused on tasks where you excel.
When you know and act on maximizing where you excel, then it allows you to become a more significant asset to your team. Identifying and using your strengths is where you begin to become part of the backbone within the group.
There is no more accurate statement than – a Jack of All Trades – a Master of None.
A strong leader knows how to form a strong work team and how to delegate different tasks and responsibilities. As mentioned, this includes examining your various team members and discovering their strengths. Once you can realize these different strengths, it helps you to see what multiple projects best suit each individual to best use their gifts. A leader that is committed to constant growth and prosperity realizes they do not have to do everything themselves.
Teamwork starts with everyone being on the same page and identifying the challenges/tasks by listening to the instruction being set forth by the team leader. Have your team repeat back these instructions to correct any forms of miscommunication or misunderstandings. It is essential to leave time for questions answers. Through more in-depth communication, leaders and members will develop skills needed on how to communicate clearly and concisely.
DIFFERENT WORKING TECHNIQUES
Everyone has a different way of approaching problems and solutions. We recommend taking the time to have your team sit down and go over various scenarios to a production problem and how each individual would deal with that situation. This can be a bonding time for your team because, not only does it open the floor for discussion and new ideas, it causes the team members to appreciate one another and the differences in views and opinions each bring to the team. When members see and benefit the team’s diversity, there will be a stronger bond of respect that will develop among them.
UNDERSTANDING YOUR TEAM MEMBERS
When developing your team, it is essential to remember that it is a sea of different personality types and different strengths and abilities. Some workers will jump right into a team environment, while others might prefer to work alone. Workers that do not understand the purpose of a team are less likely to grow outside their shells. As a leader, your role is to develop each team member’s mission in the group and empower achievements that benefit one and all. Once team members are fully engaged, many will see the actual value in teamwork, and the exponential growth of the team will occur.
Barriers within the team can occur. By focusing on the team member’s strengths and helping them understand the role they play in the outcomes will decrease the number of barriers to address.
You do not have to put a team together in one day! Building a team isn’t just bringing people together; as you can see, it is so much more than that. Building a team is an ongoing process throughout the entire project, and it will lead to higher company success because of the unique skills within this newly created team. Setting up various working periods and informative meetings will help keep team members focused and dedicated. Appreciate and value each team member, and each has a role and responsibility to achieve the established outcome. Together through synergy, the team will get stronger every day.