Working many years in human resources, Marshall Alston holds extensive experience mastering team building skills and techniques for a variety of businesses.
When you are working in a team-oriented business, it is important to know how to get the best results as a team, with knowledge of both your flaws and strengths as individual workers. The thought that success can only be achieved when all employees in the team contribute is a fundamental concept behind the idea of building a team. All parties need to be aware of this in order to give their best performance. Building a team that is successful and productive is not easy, but it can be achieved by following these tips from Marshall Alston regarding the necessary qualities of every business team.
As simple as it may sound, the team must understand what their contribution to the business is and what the business is about. Contextualizing is a fundamental requirement for each individual contributing to the team.
Participation needs to be constant and committed. Each member needs to contribute to the team’s work in a way that is both organized and creative, focusing on the central goal of their job as well as constant skill development.
Each member of the team will have to be skillful and knowledgeable about whatever the work requires to both grow their careers and grow as a team. Although acquiring skills is fundamental, prerequisites are just as important and they must be highly valued by leaders and team members alike
Each teammate must have control of their work, both individually and as a team. They must be able to respect authority and have authority, finding a balance of empowerment in order to reach the best results possible.
As obvious as it is, there is no team without teamwork. Employees of your business must collaborate and cooperate in order to form a successful and productive team. That is often not as easy as it seems: you need to make sure that you have a plan in case of conflicts. Marshall Alston has found that leaders who do not work well in a team are much less successful than those able to work together and collaborate.
Creativity is fundamental in a team. The members must have original ideas and a creative spirit in order to work together, especially in the first stages of the teamwork. New ways of thinking must be encouraged to form growth.
All employees that are part of your team must know what their job is and have a clear sense of their tasks. They must respect leaders as well as their co-workers, but more importantly, they must respect the goal of the team work as a whole.
If team members are not able to speak to each other and make clear what they mean in regards to their job or even a conflict, it will not be possible to achieve balanced teamwork. Communication is always the key to healthy relationships. In this case it is crucial for workplace relationships.
Team members need to be aware of their own works as well as their surroundings. Each employer must know what their colleagues and team members are working on in order to implement and complement each other’s work.
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