Successful teams usually have high communication and collaboration skills in common. When you think of successful teams you’ve worked in, did you have the sense that everyone was headed in the same direction en masse?
Helping teams cross the barriers to become collaborative can be challenging. However, laying the foundation to create a collaborative team will pay dividends in the long run.
Provided here, are 3 essential components:
- Provide Structured Integration
- Relationships That Matter
- Individual Ownership Counts
Provide Structured Integration
Newer employees may lack product knowledge or your specific corporation’s ‘how to get things done around here’ map. By pairing them with a colleague that knows the ropes, you’re strengthening their starting point. Remember to point out to both colleagues in the same conversation that they can learn from one another. This reminds them that you know the newer employee has talents to offer. The longer term colleague will be able to support their newer team member in the larger group objectives.
Relationships That Matter
Sometimes your team members will get along, and sometimes not. To help them iron out their own differences, they need strong relationships prior to getting in deep water. Identify how they can help one another by talking with them directly.
Support them in understanding different personality styles with assessments and follow up conversation. Help them see one another’s humanness with team building activities and outings. Encourage supportive relationships with social tools that make it easy for them to connect. Making the commitment to the time involved in these efforts increases satisfaction which helps drive productivity.
Individual Ownership Counts
Most team members will thrive as they meet their outlined goals. By providing key areas that each member owns, you help them to be seen in the best light by their colleagues. This inherently creates people that want to work together on larger initiatives. As their trust among each other grows, there will be more vocal participation from your team members. This type of speaking up will encourage new ideas and positive outcomes.
Celebrate success along the way and watch your results soar.