Success is invariably the result of different members of a team pulling together to make an idea or strategy work. The idea might belong to one person, but the development of a commercially viable project is the compounding of the efforts of an entire team with a range of different skills.

Working as a team is not always a natural progression. Every team is made up of a disparate bunch of people who all have different personalities, agendas, hopes and aspirations, and vulnerabilities.

Managing that team, giving them the space and freedom to work together and develop, in a productive and positive manner actually takes a degree of organization and structure. We have outlined our key pointers for creating a team that is going to take your company to a profitable and innovative place.

Tips To Organize Your Team

Structure Your Team Properly

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Each member of your team must have a defined role. Without any clear definition, there can be no clear direction. There much be at the very least a team leader, someone who can keep discussions on track and work towards set objectives.

Communication

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Your team needs to be communicating about everything both when working together, and when not. Don’t create ‘satellite’ teams. This is the equivalent of the smokers who huddle together in the smoking shelters, when conversations are had without relaying them to other people. It creates division in the team.

Good communication is the very foundation of ensuring that your team remains on track, working towards a common goal with a common mindset.

Good communication does not mean everyone has to agree on everything all the time – it is the ability to speak openly and honestly if they don’t agree with something. It is the confidence to tackle difficult topics. It is the strength to say no.

Accountability

Within the structure of your team, you must build in accountability. If some of those team members are still new and inexperienced, accountability within a team is an excellent way of encouraging them to grow in their professional life with the support of a more experienced team around them. Give these newer members accountability, and don’t be afraid to stretch their responsibilities. It will encourage them to test the waters in a safe space.

You will soon work out who are those team members who are keen to contribute and progress further in their careers, and those who would rather stay on the sidelines and do the minimum necessary.

Team-Based Goals

As part of a team, you will have both team-based goals, and individual goals within that team. Every goal needs to have clear, realistic objectives. To ensure the team maintains motivation, make sure the goals are a mixture of short, medium, and long-term objectives. This enables you all to track your progress and tweak the goals if necessary. Set out your KPIs before you start, and make sure they are consistent across the whole team – and if any changes are made, communicate those changes to the entire team.

Maintain Motivation

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Motivation is probably the most difficult element to keep going on a consistent basis. Mood fluctuations in a team can be contagious, so make sure that the contagion doesn’t spread. The best way of dealing with this is to have regular check-ins with all members of the team. If one individual is being persistently negative, it may be an indication that something else is bothering them, so take them aside and check in with them on a different level.

Organize some fun-based activities so that it is not all work-focused, and most importantly, celebrate each goal achieved – recognize the team effort, but do highlight individual contributions as well.

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