As much as we like to think we can do everything all at once, incorporating teamwork into your strategy is vital for achieving results. This is especially important if you are taking part in a challenging project or the task you are working on is a bit unfamiliar to you.
Using teamwork in your company and using it effectively is the key to success, so let’s have a look at why!
Don’t completely take over
As a manager or business owner you might naturally adopt more of an authoritarian role when it comes to teamwork – it’s what you are used to doing. But, the whole point of teamwork is to share the responsibility so that everyone has a chance to lead. This gives your colleagues a voice and helping them to feel a part of the team is great for building their confidence.
Making decisions in a team is good because you can rely on the knowledge of your team members to help you reach an outcome. The trick with collaborative leadership is about managing different relationships and coming to a mutual objective. Giving everyone in the team some power will ultimately make you a stronger unit.
Communicate clearly with one another
In order to reach the same goal as everyone else in your team you will need to have a clear understanding of where you are all heading and which roles people need to play. Having everyone on the same page will enhance your performance as a team, but remember to always give feedback as this is vital for improvement.
Schedule a meeting prior to the project and then following this, you should keep in regular contact with your team members so that everyone knows what is expected of them. Keeping everyone in the loop and having public goals will help your team to all move as one, focusing on the task at hand in a timely and efficient manner.
Have regular meetings
We’ve touched on this briefly in the above point but having regular meetings during the process of your project is crucial. Again, this ties in with communicating effectively but it’s also a good way of keeping up to date with everyone’s progress, what needs to be improved, what’s working well and so on. It’s also a good opportunity for anyone to raise any questions they may have.
Meetings are productive and allow you to come up with a detailed outline of what needs to be discussed. You can recap what you discussed in the last meeting to see whether anything has improved and you can also discuss what you will talk about in your next meeting so that everyone knows exactly what they are supposed to be doing.
No one wants to sit in a meeting with nothing to say or without knowing what is going on so preparation is paramount. Planning your meetings will save time and less time wasted means more time to crack on with the job!
Acknowledge and reward individuals
In order to show that teamwork is effective you should acknowledge when an individual has worked hard by praising them and making the rest of the team aware of this. This will not only help the individual to feel valued, it will also encourage your other team members to strive to reach the same goal.
Recognition is perfect for giving your team members the kind of motivation they need for success and rewarding them for their efforts will make them maintain a strong work ethic, have a great attitude and a genuine passion for their job!
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