An ideal team is when each and every one of the team members are proactive and they take initiative while they keep the end goal in their minds. Additionally, an ideal team is where each and every team member has an equal contribution to developing the remaining members. It’s easier said than done! Here’s how you can create a team that can effectively collaborate and all of them act like a team player: –
Imagine going inside a maze without having the intention of leaving it. You would move around in circles and not put in efforts/thoughts to get out of it. You would be stuck inside forever! Unless there is a miracle that would allow you to leave the maze by walking the correct path. This is exactly why your team members need a purpose. A purpose that moves them. A purpose that pushes them to do more than what they are capable of. A purpose that pushes their limits and allows them to grow as a person.
2. Expectation setting
Would you make a payment without taking the value into consideration? Similarly, why would a new team member commit to the organization and its objectives if he/she is not aware of what he/she would learn from it? The new generation entering the job market cares more about developing their skill sets rather than joining an organization that doesn’t care about its employees. Set expectations with respect to the number of hours, quality of work, and the company culture and also the vision that the company has for its employee’s growth in the very beginning. This will give them clarity and make it easier for you to hold them accountable.
Imagine your team members using their phones or talking to each other during a seminar or a presentation. If you are a team leader before you ask them to pay attention, ensure that you’re thoroughly engaged and participative throughout the sessions. Remember, change starts with you.
Creating a team where people are proactive and take initiative is not a one-way activity. In order to get them on board with the objective, a clear introduction is important and at the same time keeping them engaged is even more important. In the building phase of your team, make sure you connect them to the objective before you connect them to the team. Once they understand the reason behind their work, it wouldn’t take a lot of time for them to connect with team members since they are also working towards the same collective goal.
5. Framing the team meeting agenda
Once you have set the weekly timelines for meetings and updates, make sure that they are reminded of it 48 hours prior along with the agenda of the meeting. Apart from this, try following this formula to have a productive meeting that your team members will enjoy: –
Ice breaker – Appreciate – Discussing problems faced and solving them – Session on a value that relates to your current situation – Commitment – Gratitude
For eg: If one of the team members has been unable to send in their tasks or meet his/her deadlines, conduct a session on accountability/commitment/time management. This would solve the problem and at the same time make the session productive.
6. Aligning their personal and organizational goals
Lastly, make sure you align their personal and organizational goals together. Allow your team to have a variety in their work so that it breaks the monotony. Give them tasks that would help them enhance their skill sets and grow as a person.
Encourage them to participate in discussions and facilitate sessions that will help them work on their soft skills!