Teaching Teamwork

If you’re managing a team of employees, it’s absolutely crucial that all members trust each other, help each other, understand each other’s roles, and can work together on projects effectively. Teams are comprised of people, each with their own personality, pet peeves, leadership styles, and quirks. Below are some ways you can make sure all your teammates are working in harmony.Alan Rasof Teaching Teamwork

Set Clear Goals & Get Their Buy-in | An integral part of working as a team is making sure all members are moving in the same direction towards the same end goal. Invite your team to join the negotiations for the target — since they’ll be doing much of the legwork, it’s important that they feel ownership of the trajectory. Not only will they be grateful for a seat at the table, but it heightens the buy-in, or each team member’s personal investment in making sure the plans come to fruition. Whereas a lack of buy in can be the death of the best plans, having that buy in can help determine that everyone is individually motivated to go the distance.  

Hold Each Member Accountable | Once everyone has agreed to the goals of the team and what it will take the team to reach them, you now need gentle but firm mechanisms for all the teammates to hold each other accountable. You can use a plethora of apps to remind everyone when work is due to whom. You can also drive home the interdependency of the team — if one person misses a deadline, everyone’s work comes to a grinding screeching halt. To that end, everyone wins when everyone’s doing well.

Give Credit where Credit is Due | When someone does something especially well or makes a suggestion that turns out to be fruitful, thank them and acknowledge them publicly. Calling attention to your team members’ specific contributions will not only boost that individual’s willingness to keep striving for greatness, but it will also encourage others to do the same. All too often, managers take credit for the work of the people under them, which robs people of agency and personal pride. But acknowledging the hard work and ingenuity of your teams and of each member will pay off in the long run.

Take Personality Tests Together | If there are some tensions among your team or some seemingly unexplainable rubs, it may be worthwhile to bring in an executive coach or test administrator to conduct a personality test like the Workplace Big 5, the DiSC assessment, or the standard Myers Briggs test. That way, everyone can be on the same page about what makes some people tick, the priorities of each person, and how two people of entirely different personality types can still work together in harmony.