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In order to have a successful business it is vital to understand what it takes to create the dream team you always wanted. How can you manage to have a greatteam and why is that so crucial for your business? Here comes the answer…

What makes a good team?

10+1 building blocks of an effective team

Every team is different but there are some building blocks that you can build an effective team of. You might want to consider putting more emphasis on working on these at your company. The building blocks of your dream team are the followings:

  • Clear objectives
  • Balanced roles
  • Effective processes
  • Good communication
  • Appropriate leadership
  • Openness and conflict
  • Mutual cooperation
  • Individual development
  • Inter-group relations
  • Regular review
    +1 Support and trust
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Five key dynamics of a dream team

There are five key dynamics that set successful teams apart from other teams (based on practices at Google). These are:

 

  • Psychological safety: Can we take risks while not feeling insecure or embarrassed?
  • Dependability: Can we count on each other to do quality work on time?
  • Structure and clarity: Do we have clear goals, roles and execution plans?
  • Meaning of work: Are we working on something personally important for each one of us?
  • Impact of work: Do we believe that the work we’re doing matters?

If your answer ‘yes’ to all of the questions above, you’re probably on a high-performing team. And if not, not all hope is lost to have the dream team you’ve heard so much about.

 

Trust your team members

The importance of trust

As it is stated above, there are plenty of components to make a great team. However, one of the most important aspects is psychological safety. The safer your team members feel with one another, the higher quality their work reaches. Consequently, it is vital to work on support and trust – the +1 building block – in your team.

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How to build trust in your team?

Trust can be described as a reliance on the character, ability, strength, or truth of someone or something. It doesn’t come naturally or easily, though. It’s a leader’s job to inspire and facilitate trust in a team environment. The strongest leaders of the business world accomplish this by taking care of the following aspects:

 

1

Patience: pressure is good, but too much of it can make employees feel like they’re worthless

2

Calm: Always express your emotions, even if they are negative, but in a restrained, stoic manner

3

Transparency: let your team know your thoughts, motivations, doubts and concerns – serve as a role model

4

Openness: an open environment teaches your team that it’s okay to voice thoughts and opinions

5

Flexibility: longer personal breaks, flexible hours or negotiable deadlines demonstrate trust to your workers

6

Mutual feedback: by giving and receiving feedback you generate trust to delve into deeper forms of feedback

7

Ongoing team exercise: teammates need to know each other on a personal level (less formal gatherings)

 

By working on these 7 points you can become a better leader and encourage your team to get the most out of them. Building trust is also a great way of motivating people in the long run, which leads to a higher profitability level as well.

 

Summary

If a company’s everyday work is not framed with support and trust, there’s less innovation, collaboration, creative thinking and productivity. Furthermore, people spend their time protecting themselves and their interests. However, if your team members trust one another, they are more likely to share knowledge and communicate openly.

By focusing on the 10+1 building blocks and the 5 key dynamics of an effective team you can get closer to the success you want so badly. Following the 7 steps to build trust can be the final touch to having a dream team in your office.

 

Don’t forget, creating a good performing team with Battlejungle will always help your company stand out 😉

 

What steps do you take to have a great team at your company? Leave your thoughts here in the comment section.

 

Sources, related articles

https://knowhownonprofit.org/people/teams/effectiveteam/definition

http://work.chron.com/importance-trust-within-team-3940.html

https://www.mindtools.com/pages/article/building-trust-team.htm

https://rework.withgoogle.com/blog/five-keys-to-a-successful-google-team/

https://www.inc.com/samuel-edwards/7-ways-strong-leaders-build-trust-in-a-team.html

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