February 20


Four Steps to Overcome Common Obstacles in Teamwork

By Robert Grossman

February 20, 2019

There are four steps to overcome common obstacles in creating teamwork that works.

A strong team consists of people who are committed to working 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 lead to limited resources and limited skills.

Step 1. Start With Knowing Your Team

The first step to create teamwork is to identify your talents and the talents of your team. First, identify these strong suits and the areas that you have the most skill around. The next step is to determine the abilities and skills needed on your team.  Then 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 an excellent way and set the stage for teamwork.

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 a challenging journey. Effective teamwork requires you to have team members with different strengths than your own. When a leader and his/her team members strive toward the same goal as their talents, teamwork will thrive, and the journey will be much more productive and enjoyable.

Some people believe they must excel in every aspect of their business, or they will never succeed. We have found this NOT to be true. 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 shine, 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.

A strong leader knows how to create teamwork work 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 to best use their gifts. A leader that is committed to constant growth and prosperity realizes they do not have to do everything themselves.

Step 2. Effective Communication

Teamwork starts with everyone being on the same page and identifying the challenges/task. It is good to have your team repeat back these instructions to correct any forms of miscommunication or misunderstandings. It is also 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.

Step 3. Identify 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 and how each would deal with that situation. Collaborating can be a bonding time for your team. Not only does it open the floor for discussion and new ideas, but team members will also appreciate one another and the differences in views and opinions each bring to the team. When members see and benefit from the team’s diversity, there will be a stronger bond of respect that will develop among them.

Step 4. 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 purpose in the group and empower achievements that benefit one and all. Once team members are fully engaged, many will see the real value in teamwork, and the exponential growth of the team will occur.

Barriers within the team can occur and must be addressed. 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.

In Conclusion

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. Making the 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; each has a role and responsibility to achieve the established outcome. Together with synergy, the team will get stronger every day.

Attributed to www.360solutions.com

Robert Grossman

About the author

Robert S. Grossman is a business growth consultant, trainer/facilitator, coach and speaker with decades of experience. Having achieved success in both the corporate world and as an entrepreneur, Robert has helped hundreds of companies with high-performance strategic consulting, training and communications. He coaches business leaders, CEOs, presidents, entrepreneurs and sales professionals.

Robert brings 30 years of experience as a business owner, executive coach, Vistage chair and an award-winning communicator.

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