Have you ever been part of a team that just couldn’t seem to come together? It sure is frustrating, isn’t it? What eventually happened to the project as a result of the poor team structure? What does it take to create a team with ultimate cohesion?
A while back I set out to host an event that I knew would be extremely beneficial to the intended audience. The only problem I had was that I had never organized such an event before, and had nothing to go off of other than my own passion and drive for the content to be delivered. I knew I couldn’t do it all by myself, I was to consult with a few individuals in order to put all the pieces together. Once I did that, the organization, while still a tough task, came together faster and more efficient than I had imagined. Needless to say, I learned a few things along the way, but the event was a huge success.
Here are four things you can do to ensure the team you create will be strong enough to carry out the task, be able to work together efficiently, and be able to get the job done.
1. You must have a clear vision for the future.
As Stephen R. Covey has said, you have to begin with the end in mind. Make this very clear in the beginning. Give the team a heads up on what you expect the final product to be. You should be able to lay down a blueprint then come back and find a house sitting there where the blueprint was.
2. You will want to select people that share the passion with you.
If you select the right people the first time around, you will have to do less managing once they are on the team. Set out to find team members that can be as equally committed and knowledgable as you are. Ideally, you should be able to lay down a blueprint, then come back and find a house sitting where the blueprint was. Once you have built a successful team, you can focus on being the guiding light. This also doesn’t mean that you just sit back and watch it happen, while you may be the one blazing the trail, truly effective leaders are right there in the fight, getting it done alongside the people.
3. Get them fired up!
Whether you have a great idea, you need to get work done, or you plan to change ten gazillion lives, a certain level of behind the scenes marketing must be done. Market the idea to your potential team. Get them fired up about your plan and they will be sure to deliver.
4. Have a plan for recognition.
Just as you should begin with the end in mind, in that end the last thing you want is for the team to feel unappreciated. Before you begin, think about how your going to finish. And don’t do what every other leader in the organization is doing, you have got to get creative. Appreciate them in a way that they will ultimately remember.
What can you do, or what have you done to ensure your team is a success? You can leave your comment below.