There is a popular proverb that says: “if you want to go fast, go alone; if you want to go far go together.” While it may seem like a cliché, it is true that without a strong team – organizations can under perform. Two weeks ago we wrote an article all about strong leadership in an organization. In that article, we briefly touched on building teams and the ability great leaders have in making people feel not as though they are following but pursuing a destination together. It is true that a great team often starts from a great leader that sets a standard. In this week’s blog post we are diving deeper into the topic and discussing what is needed to build a strong team in an organization.
Undoubtedly the best way to build a strong relationship with team members is through communication. When there is a high level of transparency within the team, members tend to share and create a more productive workflow. This can be done through weekly meetings or check-in’s. Communication beyond the work at hand can also help team members connect in a different way and bring new ideas to the table. Strong communication builds even stronger relationships in the workplace. Poor communication can lead to high employee turnover, lack of productivity and lack of focus. When leaders communicate openly with their team it benefits the entire organization as it fosters positive relationships. When strong communication is present in the workplace, team members are more satisfied with their jobs and perform tasks with a positive attitude.
Cooperation on projects is a great opportunity not only for newer team members to learn from more experienced members but also for the experienced members to bounce ideas off each other. Giving the entire team the ability to give their input on projects is beneficial because it helps team members stay engaged and feel a part of the process. Our Account Coordinator Zana Petric says “As someone who is entry level, I find it extremely beneficial to sit in “ideation sessions” with our executive team. It helps me feel involved and I learn so much from each session. Additionally, when I am supporting on a project – it helps me understand it better because I was involved in some of the conversations from the beginning.” While this level of participation supports Zana in her growth, our EVP Laura Richard sees another side of the value equation. “The fresh perspective that someone who is younger in their career brings to the table in invaluable for senior team members. The viewpoint and questions only ever add value into our projects, to the benefit of our larger team and to our clients.”
Organizations that are authentically engaged with their values and purpose tend to have the most invested team members. There is a big difference between employees simply going through their day and checking things off their to-do-list and feeling connected to the organization’s purpose in their everyday work. As entrepreneur, author and speaker Seth Godin likes to say: “tactics without a strategy is a scrum.” When an organization as a whole is working towards a common vision, productivity and morale are higher and results are sustainable.
A great team is built through communication, opportunity and a clear purpose. It is necessary to the success of an organization. The quality of the work produced reflects the quality of the team behind it.
“Individual talents get magnified many times over through the collective lens of an effective team.”—Dalal Haldeman