Building an effective team is hard work!
How does one know the true effectiveness of working as a team?
Have you looked at your teams lately? I mean really looked at them.
Most companies have a pretty good grasp of individual’s performance but don’t really know if a team’s performance is adequate, good or great.
I think there is one question that can help you decide if your team work is great or not:
“Would I want these high performing teams to stay together and work together for the rest of the year?”
If the answer is a resounding “Yes” then you probably have a great team bonding! It not, you may need some more insights into your team’s natural strengths and more development.
Ways to measure effective teamwork
- The best feedback regarding a team work effectiveness will always come from its members
- Once you have that feedback, leaders must ask themselves “Do I have a deep enough understanding of the individual talents working as a team?”
- It’s one thing to evaluate their job skills and general knowledge, but more importantly you need to understand their “Natural Talents”.
Often, high performing teams can work through obstacles and challenges on a short term basis. That’s what professionals do whether they want to or not but not over an extended period of time,
What makes a true team checklist?
- What natural talents does each member of this team possess and how does their natural talent affect the team?
- Does the teamwork activities have enough diversity of experiences to bring different perspectives to solve the challenges they face?
- Does the team environment allow members to freely share their differences without fear of reprisal?
- Is there a common way your team communicates with each other? Is it working towards the team building goals?
- Do the total rewards/compensation plans incent or discourage team members toward the desired behavior/outcome?
If you don’t have 100% clarity around the questions, then you have an opportunity to strengthen and develop your team work and help prepare them for a sustainable and successful future.
It requires candor, openness and having the right people doing the right things. If these things are done correctly being a part of working as a team can be one of the most satisfying and rewarding activities in our business life as well as personally.
How’s your team working together?
Have your team take the natural talent test