Team Building

Working in teams has been the major contributor to my success. I am heavily reliant on others. No matter where we live, work, or socialise, we all rely on other people. No one is an island or completely self-sufficient in themselves. Relying on others can save or lose an enormous amount of your time. If we use our assertiveness and listening skills with those on whom we rely, in a brief encounter, i.e., shop keepers, doctors, bus drivers and others, we will make friends and save time.

Operating as a team is one of the most successful time savers and is the way forward in today's highly competitive world market. The world's most successful organisations all have one major thing in common, they operate as a team. Additionally, the most successful families today function as a team, rather than a group of individuals. Ten people working as individuals will achieve less and spend more time, than ten people in agreement and working as a team.

WHAT IS A TEAM?

You are not a team simply because you:

live with a beautiful partner
live with ten wonderful children
spend all your time with your best friend
work in the same organisation
share the same boss with all the people in your department

You are a member of a team when you and other individuals: agree, set clear challenging goals, make plans with deadlines and are committed to one another to produce extraordinary performances and results.

BARRIERS TO EFFECTIVE TEAMWORK

Always remember the number one rule. To be successful you must first know your enemies, the strategies they use and how to overcome them. They are as follows:

  • Ineffective leadership
  • Unclear objectives
  • Poor strategic planning
  • No appraisal or evaluation
  • Procrastination
  • Unclear rules, systems and procedures
  • Poor communication and interaction
  • Lack of resources
  • Lack of co-operation or commitment
  • Outside distraction and influences
  • Personal agendas
  • Slow problem solving and decision making
  • Difficulty in managing change
  • Inappropriate behaviour
  • Lack of knowledge and skill
  • Partiality
  • Gossip
  • Difference of opinion
  • Insubordination
  • Poor working conditions and environment
  • Selfishness
  • Disloyalty
  • Lack of trust
  • Disharmony
  • No rewards

List in order of priority on the right, barriers to effective teamwork, all the areas that hinder effective teamwork to your team. Put 1 beside the area that you have the most difficulty with, then 2 and so on. Your team members may be at home, work, or your friends. List other difficulties that you face. All the barriers to effective teamwork can be eliminated by observing the following points:

Training

  • See training as a top priority investment.
  • Train every individual and the team.

Effective Leading

  • Listen and lead by example.
  • Encourage and support everyone in your team.
  • Produce leaders greater than yourself.

Action Planning and Organising

  • Always work from a plan.
  • Do not allow Mr & Mrs Procrastinator to settle down.
  • Review and appraise your plan as regularly as possible.

Motivating and Rewarding

  • Be a role model who is convicted, committed and enthusiastic.
  • Appoint sub leaders and always reward.
  • Give clear responsibilities, agree standards and set targets.

Building Relationship

  • Be trustworthy, provide friendship and listen effectively.
  • Be patient with one another.

Uniting

  • Work towards oneness, co-operation, and togetherness.
  • Involve the team in problem solving and decision making.

Informing and Communicating

  • Be clear, specific and direct.
  • Without proper information your organisation or home will suffer.

Locating and Eliminating Outside Distraction

  • Be aware of government policies, environmental issues, organisational changes and other influences.
  • Locate and eliminate anything that distracts your team from achieving its goals.

Disciplining

  • Communicate the rules, procedures, systems and accepted behaviour to everyone and be decisive.
  • Treat everyone equally.
  • Solve problems quickly.

Integrity

  • Be always honest and faithful.
  • Treat everyone the way you want to be treated.

Neutralising and Controlling Your Feelings

  • Be open, calm, self-controlled and do not get heated or emotional.
  • Always control the way you think, feel and act.

Goals and Values

  • Goals should be written and agreed by all.
  • Never take your eyes off your goals and values.
  • Do not make decisions that go against your goals and values.

Errol A Williams

About The Author

Errol A Williams

I am an International Management Trainer with over 36 years’ experience. I have trained thousands of directors, managers, leaders, supervisors, and unemployed people. My passion is to coach one million students to unleash their unlimited potential through personal growth. I was co-founder and Executive Chairman for one of Europe’s largest multi-million pound community complexes, launched by HRH the Prince of Wales in 1988. For over 25 years I have visited, counselled, and ran training courses for UK prisoners. Currently I am a Senior Pastor and Regional Overseer who sits on the National Executive Board for the Church of God of Prophecy UK Trust. I have taught Systematic Theology for over ten years. I am married and have six children and six grandchildren. I am the author of “Pursuing Excellence”, “The Temptation Trap”, “Sowing For A Blessing”, “TIPS For Dealing With Difficult Conversations” and “Building A Dream”. During the 2010 general election I stood as a Parliamentary Candidate. I am a professional photographer, graphics designer, virtual services provider, and web developer. My hobbies include chess, squash, backgammon, and domino. errol@errolwilliams.org (My Profile)

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