The success of your business isn’t the result of one individual – it’s a team effort. But building a great team is harder than it seems. It takes time, finding the right people, plus great leadership to build your dream team.
As a leader, you’ll want your team to be the best they can be to ensure you meet and exceed your goals. The following advice outlines the steps to developing a team that delivers excellent results for you and your business.
Start by hiring the right recruits
Getting your recruitment right will be essential for establishing a great team. You need to make sure the people you bring into your business work well together and they each bring something to the table.
Recruitment has changed dramatically over the years, with the internet bringing new ways to recruit, as well as making it easier to reach applicants located further away. As a way of hiring the best recruits, USC Dornsife recommends psychology techniques such as encouraging self-awareness and devising different kinds of assessments to encourage the cream of the crop. Group interviews can also be great for analyzing how a potential team could work together.
Define clear roles and responsibilities
Your team needs a structure for it to truly succeed. Defining clear roles and responsibilities for each member of your team helps them to understand what’s expected of them. It also helps them work more efficiently. Don’t underestimate the importance of establishing roles and responsibilities. It can give your team the structure it needs to thrive.
Help your team to bond
As a leader, it’s important your team trusts you and has faith in your decision-making. Helping your team to bond will help to motivate them, make them more comfortable and help everyone to work towards common goals, rather than focusing on individual pride. Team building doesn’t have to be about dated trust exercises, etc., so take a look at some ideas for fun team building that will help bring your team closer together.
Set individual and team objectives
Setting objectives helps outline clear aims for your team. From short-term to long-term goals, giving your team a direction can help inspire productivity. It can also give you something to measure performance by.
While having team-wide objectives is important, it’s also essential you help individual members of the team to set their own objectives. Having objectives to work towards will help them improve their skills and experience, boosting their professional development. Encouraging professional development can build employee loyalty and job satisfaction, helping staff to grow with the company and thrive.
Develop great communication practices
Effective communication is at the heart of any strong team. By keeping them informed and involved in different processes, you will be able to establish trust while also making sure you stay on top of everything. Regular meetings are important for making sure everyone is on the same page. However, also having informal conversations can help you get to know your team better.
Online collaboration tools are great for communication between members, especially if they have different working patterns or work in remote locations. The best online collaboration tools can be used across different platforms, helping your team to stay connected easily.
Collaborative working can be a key factor behind the success of your team. By encouraging project-based working amongst team members, everyone can have a part to play in achieving different objectives. Hold brainstorming sessions to help everyone contribute to different ideas. Give team members the chance to try new skills and develop their experience when new projects arise.
You can also encourage collaborative working by changing up your office space and adding some breakout spaces and shared desk areas. Building a collaborative office space is great for inspiring creativity. Google and Pixar are great examples of cool, open spaces that help employees produce great work.
Reward hard work
Developing a great team is an ongoing process. To help keep your team productive and motivated, you need to reward them for their hard work. Acknowledging the contributions of your team helps them to feel appreciated and see the value in what they’re doing. This is so important if you want to hold onto them! From giving a shout out face to face to taking your team out to celebrate a job well done, it’s important to reward your team and let them know they’re doing a great job. Rewards are a key part of creating a happy and engaged workforce that will stick around for the long haul.
Looking to develop your dream team? Get a plan in place and look forward to excellent results for your business. Here’s to YOUR success!
Carolyn R. Owens has over 25 years of proven experience and serves as a Career Strategist, Leadership and Life Coach. She is the Chairwoman and CEO of Infinity Coaching, Inc. where they help you up-level your skills so you can up-level your income. Infinity Coaching, Inc. provides one-on-one and group coaching, organizational training, personality assessments, and a signature program, the Infinity Coaching Inner Circle. Carolyn is certified to give both The Energy Leadership Index Assessment and Myers Briggs Type Indicator Assessment. You can find out more about both assessments and other products and services at http://www.infinitycoaching.net.