Many common themes exist between building a new team and re-invigorating an existing team. Whatever the plan, it must be noted that the process is a combined effort, between the team leadership and team members with two-way communication and appreciation of individual differences. So how do we build and maintain a successful team?

  1. The Mission - A shared commitment to a specific mission helps define a team. It provides the team with a purpose and agreement on a few key points, including the work they do, the benefit for the business and what success will look like.
  2. The Goals - Clear goals give the team targets for their work and activities. They should be important with results that are worth achieving. The most well-structured goals are S.M.A.R.T. - Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant and Time-bound.
  3. Role Clarity - Team members need to know what is expected in their roles and the accountabilities of the job must be clear. A team whose expectations are very clear will have a sense of place and know how they are to achieve goals.
  4. Guidelines - The ground rules will set the expectations for performance outcomes and behaviors. As a team, everyone should agree to common rules.
  5. Making Decisions - Determine the way that decisions will be made and the level of autonomy to be given to team members. A decision-making model is vital and advises the team members about what is expected.
  6. Communication - Listen with respect and build an environment that encourages the sharing of ideas.
  7. Be Mutually Accountable - Promote the importance of all team members being accountable for the team's success. Celebrate any successes to recognise either team or individual achievements.
  8. Evaluate Results - The value of stopping for a team evaluation cannot be underestimated. Various methods can be used including group discussions or self-evaluation.

Help from an experienced HR Consulting firm can boost your success in getting the team dynamics right.