Tips To Build An Effective Team



Building An Effective Team

Building effective teams is a major challenge every organization faces today around the globe. In the book – Team Renaissance: The Art, Science and Politics of Great Teams, Mr Richard E. Spoon mentions that, today companies are in a super rush to complete their projects. Due to this, they just hire some people, push them in a group together and build pressure without first finalizing their goals and responsibilities.  This group then works without proper direction and that causes conflicts and stress within the team.

Tip 1:       Proper direction and guidance is necessary to build stronger teams.

You won’t always get the right mix of people as your team, but in fact, as a leader, you need to blend your team together so that they collectively deliver excellent performance. However, to do this you need to weave feeling of empathy within your team. This increases the trust factor and simultaneous enhances their performance.  Therefore, to build an effective team there has to be a good synergy between the members.

However, building a trust within the team is a big challenge. For this you need continuously follow following steps in a prolonged process.

1.      Reward and appreciate team success.
2.      Distribute responsibilities evenly. This gives direction and helps you resolve conflicts.

3.      As a leader, one has to avoid pointing mistakes, but rather help your employees improve.

Tip 3:       Conduct fun and memorable team building activities that will create bonding and team collaboration.

Conducting team building activities at least once in a month is must. They help your team members learn – how every member of a team is important, how problems are solved together efficiently and why working in isolation is not a good idea.

Below are some examples of exciting and popular team building activities that will help you build a strong team;

1.      Game of Possibilities

Rules: It is an awesome 5-minute game that increases collaboration among the team members. Give any random, but meaningful object to one person in a team (Any one can volunteer for this role). This person has to act and demonstrate the use of the object so his team can guess – what it is. The demonstrator is not allowed to speak. One has to act and share cues with the team members.

Duration:  5 minutes
Number of members:  One or multiple small groups
Equipments Required:  Any meaningful object

This activity triggers creativity and inspires individuals to think innovatively.

2.      Photo Scavenger Hunt
Rules: Divide your team into small groups. As a lead, make a list of fun tasks in the form of quizzes and share it with the groups. The tasks listed can be same for all the groups, but the sequence given to each team has to be different. As a team, each group has to first solve the quizzes and then click pictures in an appropriate sequence. Task Example – I have four legs. I’m very smart and I like to play. I like to smell things. I can wag my tail. – Click a group picture with me.
Duration:  1 hour
Number of members:  Divide your team into small groups

Equipments Required: Pen / Pencil and Paper

This is a great team building exercise that motivates team members to gel up with each other. The quizzes help members to think out of the box and work collectively.

3.      The Mine Field
Rules: It’s an outdoor activity and ideal place for this is an open parking lot or a park. To initiate this game you need to pair up the participants. In the pair, blindfold one participant. Create a specific route with the help of stones or cones. The blindfolded participant has to walk through this route and the other guy has to guide him. To make it more difficult, you can make the path more zig zag.
Duration:  30 minutes
Number of members: Divide your team in the pairs
Equipments required: Stones or cones – to create the path and a cloth for blindfolding the participants.

These activities help you build trust, develops communication and imparts the quality of effective listening.

Team building activities and initiatives are necessary because they help enhance performance and relationships within the team. However, building effective teams requires strong commitment from the manager and as well as the team members.

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