Building a Great Team

Building  a Great Team

"The way a team plays as a whole determines its success.  You may have the greatest bunch of individual stars in the world, but if they don’t play together, the club won’t be worth a dime."  

- Babe Ruth

An organization with high performance teams will go further, faster.  And yet, building a productive, cohesive team out of a group of individuals can be a challenge.  After all, teams are nothing more than a collection of people from very different backgrounds, with different personalities, and different communication styles thrown together in order to accomplish difficult tasks.  

So, how do you build a great team?

Here are a few helpful first steps:

1. Don’t rely on hunches or intuition to figure out how to work together.  Take the time on the front end to consider the differences among the team.  Be intentional about learning each other’s preferred styles. Ask questions. Open the line of communication. 

2. Build trust.  Invest yourself in the lives of others. What does this mean?  Help others achieve their goals and objectives. Find out what motivates them to get out of bed each morning.  What do they want out of life?

3. Don’t treat people the way you want to be treated; treat them the way they want to be treated. 

While it takes time to develop a high performance team, these steps can accelerate the process and put you and your teammates on the path to success.

 

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