team performance

January 22, 2010

The Top Ten Benefits of Teams

Teams are fundamental to business and organizational success.

So what exactly are the benefits that a well-organized and productive team brings?

There are many values and benefits successful teams bring to their organizations. pulled together not only by effective leaders, but also by a will on the part of their members to provide outcomes that are the best possible.

Team working can be incredibly effective and much more so than individulas working alone.

Here are 10 reasons why:-

1.    Capacity

Managers can’t do it alone. The outcomes they need are too big for them to do all the work themselves, so they need others to help them. Great managers have teams they fully engage with, to maximize the volume of activity they cover.

2.    Variety

With a range of individuals, they all are different. Different skills, talents and above all in business, behaviors that will engage each other as they communicate with each other. These ‘differences’ are what makes a team so powerful and are a real positive.

3.    Skills

Bringing expertise in the key areas managers need to get the job done, enables every activity that forms part of the team performance, to be delivered to achieve the goals.

4.    Energy

When individuals get together, they generate energy. Teams utilize this energy by accessing the adrenaline that kicks in when people interact, with different ideas and opinions that are strongly felt, defended and proposed.

5.    Collaboration

With a range of skills, ideas and experiences, team members pull together to come up with options that come from the discussions and debate that ensues.

Collaboration is about adding together individual positions to a point where outcomes are much more valuable.
6.    Challenge Up

Great teams work with team leaders as part of the team ethic, yet they don’t just follow along innocently. With the wisdom and confidence their togetherness generates, they ask questions upwards, to help the overall outcome.

7.    Synergy

Individuals in teams bring particular skills and talents into the mix. These have great value, especially when they blend and merge with each other. In teams, as we saw in the foreword, the sum of the parts is greater than just adding together the components.

8.    Individual Drive

The individuals in teams have personal aspirations to drive their careers through the way they do their own work. In these areas, working in a team can be tricky as its output must be ‘for the team’, yet it is a powerful asset to have in the team, when directed by the team leader accordingly.

9.    Experiences

As well as skill, team members have experiences that can be shared, to benefit the team as a whole, to make results much more effective.

10.    Spirit, Celebration and Togetherness

By celebrating, as successes are achieved, bonds become stronger and performance is maximized. The best team leaders take part in the celebrations too – after all, they are part of the team success too!

That’s effective teamwork, much more than the sum of the parts!

Filed under Blog, Developing Your People, Management Basics by Martin

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November 30, 2008

3 Common Errors of Teambuilding Programmes

These days everybody wants to “do teambuilding” to derive the benefits for their business. But it’s very easy to get it wrong, resulting in a waste of time and money. Even worse, getting teambuilding wrong can actually result in damaging your team performance and result in key individuals leaving the business.

There are a few things you can do to ensure the exercise works for you, and a few key mistakes you want to avoid.

The most common mistakes made in teambuilding are these:

1. Not including the whole team
2. Not employing a qualified facilitator
3. Not following up when you get “home”

1 If you want to improve the performance of your team as a whole, you should include all the people whose performance you want to improve. If you leave a certain member of your team back at the office, they won’t get the benefits of the exercise which could form divides in the workforce as some members feel left out. If you are a small team and need to keep the office staffed by someone, look at running 2 events a week apart. Sure, it costs more money, but what is the cost of recruiting someone new to replace a dissatisfied person who has just left the team?

2 Spending time together as a group is helpful for team bonding, but is not enough to be called “teambuilding”. Teambuilding is a structured and facilitated process, involving a task, or tasks, that are designed to uncover people’s true skills and abilities, regardless of their workplace roles, and force the individuals to work together as a real team. To ensure that this happens you need a facilitator with the appropriate qualifications and experience.

3 Don’t treat your teambuilding event as an isolated event. The money and time your company has spent on the teambuilding exercise will be wasted if the learning gathered about your people is not put into action as you return. Did you find out that the office junior, has a flair pulling the important points out of a complex situation? Put him in charge of meeting minutes and train him on your corporate reporting protocols. Were the book-keeper and the facilities manager the pair that found the fastest route through the maze on the last day? Set them to cost planning for your intended office move now, they will probably save you time and money.

You have invested in your team by arranging your teambuilding event because you believe that your people are worth it and it will bring you results. You can make those results more likely to happen by not making these mistakes.

About the Author:

Tamsin spoke with Doug Henderson, the UK Teambuilding Expert who has developed a fun and successful London-based teambuilding programme with London RIB Voyages, the luxury fast boat tour providers. Programmes take place over 1 or 2 days on and around the Thames, with clients benefiting from easy access and minimum time for their teams to be away from work. For more info, email bookings@londonribvoyages.com or use the form at http://www.dha-management.co.uk

Filed under Building the Future, Developing Your People by Martin

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