Let’s look at soccer teams. If you observe the functioning of different teams you will see that very different dynamics are generated in each of them, and that they can be seen from outside. In some teams, it allworks, the members are happy, and there are good results. In others, there is a bad atmosphere, there are all kinds of problems, and the results are not the same.
What makes a team work properly?
This is what we are going to review in this post. Three strategies to make a team work well. In this case, an office team.
Collectivize successes and failures
One of the objectives of a team leader is that the members feel more like comrades than contestants. To do this, it is important to collectivize the achievements, but also to avoid aiming personally when there are failures.
Logically, in a group there are always members who stand out above others. This recognition must be given in a personal way. At a public level, in meetings, the recommendation is always to collectivize both successes and failures. This way all the members who participated in the team can feel more integrated in the group by being recognized equally.
When the team reaches an achievement, to carry out a symbolic event so that all the members can enjoy that success, helps to form a sense of unity essential for the good functioning of the team. It also promotes social interactions outside the context of a meeting.
When the team, instead, fails, assuming the impact in a collective way means that “black sheep” don’t appear. The fact that no one feels singled out is a fundamental factor for the functioning of the team because it is necessary that all the peoplework with confidence. When something fails, one should talk personally with the person in charge, but it should not be pointed out publically.
Collective goals – Individual tasks
When a team starts a project, its leader must know how to communicate the expected objectives well. These objectives will always be collective: “the whole team must row in the same direction”. As we mentioned before, if success is achieved, success will be shared.
But from these general goals, it is necessary to assign particular tasks to each one of them. If we only do the latter, we run the risk that the team members lose the sense of collaboration. On the other hand, if we assign individual tasks and at the same time hold meetings where we see the general achievements, a network is generated that intensifies the sense of teamwork. And with it, their productivity-.
Promotes respect among team members
Fostering a friendly and understanding attitude among team members is essential. Each one has their own characteristics, and with them their own strengths and weak points. Knowing what each person’s strengths are will help us to put them to good use. And about the weak points, we will take them into account but we will not put them into play.
The idea is that, in a team, each person can contribute their best version. It is not a question of overlooking the weak points: it is a question of focusing on the strengths of each person and transmitting them to the rest of the team.
This generates an attitude of mutual respect that substantially improves communication (we listen more if we respect our listener) and the productivity of the team.
As you can see, common sense reigns when it comes to thinking about our team. What we will make common will be the virtues and potentialities of each one, as well as the achievements of the team. Theweaknesses will be dealt with in a personal way so that the group dynamic is always tinged with “good energy”.
It sounds simple, but it is not. However, if you apply these three simple strategies you will see how your own team dynamics, if not good, start to improve.