Team stalling out? Time for a tune-up
Monday, December 1, 2014
Posted by: Barbara Francella
If your team members are not as
productive, motivated or satisfied as you'd like them to be, it's time to do
something about it. Teams require routine maintenance.
Cultivating a strong team environment isn't
easy, especially in a society that emphasizes individual performance. But with
some team-building effort, you can help the group work toward a common goal
and improve creativity, problem solving and productivity. Here are five
great ways to build more effective teams:
members should be proficient, reliable and in a position to work efficiently
with each other. They should also provide diverse skillsets to help the group
reach its goal. Encourage workforce diversity and help members see the value of
individual efforts toward achieving a common objective. Demonstrate how diverse
backgrounds, skills and perspectives could help provide more innovative
2. Set responsibility.
basic rules as a team and ensure that everyone agrees to them. Clearly specify
everyone's individual position and what he or she must do within the team. Set
straightforward team goals, timelines and expectations. Everyone should know their
own role and responsibilities, as well as those of their team members.
teamwork is built on trust, all members should feel safe asking questions,
sharing their ideas and making recommendations. One way to accomplish this is
to facilitate communication as a team and between individuals. Each
individual's feedback should be valued and you can set an example by being open
to suggestions and concerns.
your position as a team leader by identifying and resolving conflicts. When
making an important decision, ensure that all members are up to speed with the
team's progress and that everyone has an opportunity to ask questions and
express their opinions. Let your team know that it’s okay to disagree with one
another. Develop relationships with members based on trust and respect and
encourage the same among members.
achievements and acknowledge the team for their contributions. Reward your team
with a special event and help present their success to executive staff.
Spotlight their accomplishments in company publications and showcase your group
as a model for effective teamwork.
Subriana Pierce is managing partner of Navigator Sales and Marketing, a
company that assists clients in navigating consumer goods and retail through
consulting, coaching and product representation. She previously served in
senior roles for Albertsons Southern California Division and Frito-Lay North
America. She was honored as one of the 2013 "Top Women in Grocery” by
Progressive Grocer and one of the 2012 "Top 100 under 50 Diverse Executive
Leaders” by Diversity MBA Magazine.
expressed in signed blogs and user comments are those of the authors and do not
necessarily reflect the opinions of the Network of Executive Women or its
Officers, Board members and sponsors.