HOW TO MAKE YOUR TEAM MORE EFFECTIVE AND PRODUCTIVE
Any team where members cannot rely on each other, feel free to air their candid opinions/ideas or willing to contribute to a project or task at hand is doomed to fail. Even if you are the best hand the company has, you cannot achieve much in a discorded team. One person cannot pull the weight for successful completion of a team task/project, which is why it is called teamwork. Disagreements and conflicts will not only frustrate your team objectives but will also disrupt your personal career goals. A good team leader strives to establish and maintain a productive and collaborative team.
What kind of team are you working with? Is it like the description above?
Here are a few ideas to help you nip the problem in the bud before your team hits the rock.
Identify the problem:
Without identifying the specific problem you’re dealing with you cannot figure out the best way to handle it. First of all, take a second look at your team and make notes of the patterns of behavior you observe.
Address the problem:
This is the hard but most difficult part which must be handled with all delicateness to avoid causing more conflict. As the team lead, the burden of addressing this problem falls on you. Here’s how to address the problem:
- Fix a meeting to discuss one on one with all members of the team.
- Create a friendly atmosphere that will foster friendly conversations.
- Do not put blames on anyone. Get them involved in identifying the problems they have observed with the team.
- Give everyone a chance to air their feelings and opinions in a polite manner.
- Make them understand the importance of a high-performance team and the effects it will have on their outputs.
- Get everyone involved in figuring out how to fix the problem identified.
Understand members’ motivations
Rather than write off team members that don’t seem to be working in alignment with the group dynamics, make efforts to know the full story. Have one-on-one meetings with each of them, get a better feel of what’s going on in their heads, what they need and what motivates them.
Distinguish roles to avoid confusion
Team members will work when they know exactly what they have to do and how important it is to foster team success and achieve organizational goals. Set individual benchmarks for every member of the team.
Provide regular feedback
Keep your team members in the know of their performance on a regular basis to help them know if they are on track or not and to effect change where necessary.
Set and enforce consequences
Let them know through your actions that no one is above the law. Anyone who defaults will be held accountable for his/her actions.