Over the last 10-15 years, and certainly now, during the pandemic, most CEOs are over-extended. They are grappling with economic and health issues, possibly busy raising funds, working from home and trying to keep the organization engaged in vital work, all while trying to address multiple ventures at the same time. By building effective teams, a CEO has additional resources to help in managing day-to-day operations. Good teams can keep things running smoothly when the CEO or other key executive is out of town, under the weather, planning new services or otherwise involved in other efforts.
Now especially, as employees are off-site and engaged in multiple scenarios at home, effective teams can keep day-to-day operations from becoming derailed. The key word here is “effective.” Building reliable, effective teams takes skill. Even if you are not the CEO, team building is important to the mission of most organizations. Many office environments work in teams. Projects are complex, involve multiple talents and affect more than one area of the organization. Teams are essential. We often brainstorm in teams. Teams help innovate as each team member brings their own ideas and strategies. Colleagues may even talk about “my team.” The way we work together has a lot to do with how we accept new ideas, how we learn to trust one another, how we innovate and even whether or not we are having fun while we work. It is often teamwork that helps us strategize and solve challenges.
As we think about brainstorming within a team and reflect on how creativity gets everyone engaged in the work, it becomes more apparent that the critical work comes when you are BUILDING teams. Throwing people together and hoping they work well as a group very rarely works. Instead, we should be consciously building teams that will accomplish tasks and work well as a whole. Ask the following questions:
- What are you looking for when you build a team?
- How can you help a team be more creative?
- And most importantly, how can you help your team succeed?
These are real issues that we sometimes blindly expect managers or high performing colleagues to know how to handle. But do they? A colleague who is expected to lead a team effectively needs insight into what he/she should expect and have ammunition for overcoming difficulties. Here are a few suggestions for building effective teams.
1. Teams work most effectively when there is harmony within the group
2. Teamwork also improves when people get to know each other better
3. Actively lead – and follow through!
4. Hire as a team
5. Deal with conflict
At Bahar Consulting, we can help your organization build effective teams. We’ll look at strengths, skill development and individual differences. We’ll examine behaviors and leadership issues. And we’ll work with teams – demonstrating the concepts and showing your organization that you can learn, innovate, grow and have fun at the same time.