Team Building Time: Three Tips to Getting It Right

  1. Recognize great teamwork starts with you. This means practicing a communication style and acting from a mindset that reflects your values and supports the vision, goals and strategies you’ve set out to achieve. Specifically, you want to choose your words carefully, recognizing that communication is an art, not something to take for granted. Your people will pick up on all the nuances of your communication style, so keep its power in mind and use it wisely. As well, recognize that your behavior and attitude are critical in establishing, managing and sustaining a culture of teamwork. The energy you bring to your team can cause that ship to sink or set sail and stay the course.
  2. Steer clear of team-building fads and tricks. They’re a dime a dozen and can complicate your job to empower and nurture your team effectively. Since 1960, we’ve been training leaders to empower teams by focusing on proven fundamentals backed, importantly, by an accountability system that ensures teamwork and gets results. Our consultants know the common teamwork challenges and how to address them, course correct and institute change that brings about success. Whether you’re using The MAP Management System™ and the fundamentals around which we coach or you’ve got another approach, keep your focus. This doesn’t mean there’s not room for curiosity and creativity around how you roll out team-building tactics. But it does mean that your team-building goals and strategies are rooted in those fundamental best practices.
  3. Focus on what’s right. This goes back to that positive attitude, but focusing on what’s right about your team versus harping on what’s always wrong is one of the fastest ways to undermine teamwork. Make it a daily practice to find and communicate what’s working in regard to teamwork. Notice when people make both expected efforts and unexpected efforts to show up, pitch in, collaborate, share, support, lift up others, forgive and solve problems together, etc. Odds are, some version of your company values is Teamwork, so consider creating a rewards program around this value, spotlighting and reinforcing why it matters. Really commit to celebrating those who live this value as part of the team.

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