Forming a performing team involves more than just bringing together a group of randomly talented individuals. True effectiveness lies in the unity among team members who share a goal and are committed to seeing that vision through to completion. It is crucial for them to set measurable objectives demonstrating unwavering dedication to their roles in contributing to the overall success of the team.

Outlined below are six steps for creating and maintaining a cohesive and productive team.

Step 1. Establishing the purpose

The team’s purpose should be clearly articulated, defining the goal it seeks to accomplish. This may involve creating something enhancing an existing situation or instigating change. Each member of the team should have a role that contributes towards achieving the objective. It is vital to establish a vision that will serve as the cornerstone for teamwork guiding the team through challenges and decision making processes.

Step 2. Putting together the team

Successful teams are individuals who wholeheartedly embrace the shared vision and believe strongly in the importance of their contributions and are driven to give their best effort. Building trust, showing respect and offering support among all team members are aspects in fostering a collaborative environment.

When forming a team it’s important to choose members with skills and perspectives to enrich discussions. Having a mix of personalities can promote teamwork. Allow for healthy debates when needed.

Step 3. Define the objectives

Once the team is formed and united by a goal the next step is to break down the picture into smaller tasks. Creating a timeline with tasks, deadlines, milestones and individual roles is crucial. It’s also essential to allocate resources, like time, materials, space, support and funding.

Step 4. Establish expectations

To ensure that each team member understands their role it’s vital to set guidelines. Will there be communication? Will contributions be valued? How will conflicts be resolved? By setting expectations from the start everyone can contribute effectively.

Step 5. To keep track and assess progress

To make sure we’re moving forward it’s important to evaluate how the team is performing. This can be done through group meetings and one on one check ins. By asking questions like “How’re we doing?”. What goals have we achieved?”. Reflecting on what we’ve learned and how we can improve we can effectively monitor our progress. This practice allows us to make changes and improvements as we go along.

Step 6. Acknowledge accomplishments

It’s crucial to set aside time to recognize, appreciate and celebrate the successes of both individuals and the team as a whole. This approach plays a role in boosting team spirit and keeping them motivated to keep up the work. Find a way to mark team milestones whether it’s showing personal appreciation during a team gathering, sending an email to higher ups or organizing a team lunch. Consistency is vital when it comes to acknowledgement and the chosen method should serve as motivation for team members inspiring them to continue making contributions, toward the team’s success.

How do teams handle work?

In a world where remote work is becoming more common it’s crucial for team members to have a shared understanding. Good communication about project schedules and goals is crucial. It’s important to ensure responsibility. Creating connections is vital for closing the distance between team members and driving success. 

Using platforms, like Yammer, video calls and phone discussions can significantly boost collaboration and interaction avoiding team members from feeling isolated or disconnected. You can gain professional insight on strategies to improve employee’s retention and productivity through “Gain, Train, and Retain Playbook”. This digital e-course is hosted by Jim Aanderud, veteran contractor and industry pro.

If you are planning on attending the upcoming Tri-States Seminar consider registering for a live interactive workshop version of the Gain,Train and Retain Playbook on Monday, August 4th. Register for the conference and the workshop at