Building a good team is not only a challenge in sport. Even in the workplace, good or very good performance is usually not due to individual people, but rather to an entire team. Sometimes a company is lucky, and over the course of time employees have come together who not only complement each other in their skills, but also work well with one another. If a company doesn’t want to leave the success of a team to chance, the US corporate coach Glenn Llopis has these 6 tips.
# 1 Question yourself
A good team needs a good manager. “As the leader of the team, you have to be very aware of your leadership style,” writes Llopis in Forbes magazine. “Are they as effective as you think? How well are they accepted by the team you lead? ”A self-critical assessment is the first step in improving yourself so that the whole team benefits.
# 2 Understand your team
After the self-analysis, it is important to understand the team. To do this, managers need to take enough time to actually get to know their department. What are the strengths and weaknesses of the individual employees, who still needs to develop and where? Who can complement each other best and how to solve problems? How can people be motivated? “Think of your team as pieces of a puzzle that can be put together in different ways,” emphasizes the expert.
# 3 Redefine tasks
It is not uncommon for point 2 to show that the ideal roles of employees lie outside their job descriptions. This can mean difficult steps for superiors: Tasks and responsibilities have to be defined more clearly – and thus posts may also be redistributed. In general, it should be ensured that a good team not only needs technical experts, but also a strategist who keeps the team on course at the right pace.
# 4 Provide continuous feedback
Don’t wait to give feedback until a problem occurs. It is more important to provide proactive and regular feedback to the team so that it can constantly improve. Feedback does not always have to be highly official, but can be part of the normal dialogue.
# 5 Say thank you
“People love recognition, but are most grateful for respect,” Llopis emphasizes. Executives shouldn’t take performance for granted and believe that no one needs to be rewarded for doing their job. According to the expert, appreciation leads to greater satisfaction and thus more efficient work.
# 6 Celebrate achievements
Recognition can also go one step further: take the time to celebrate success, advises Llopis. You can also reflect on what you have achieved, how and why, and what you have learned in the process.
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