How can Teamwork lead to Dream Work?

“Teamwork makes the dream work, but a vision becomes a nightmare when the leader has a big dream and a bad team.”- John C. Maxwell

You might have heard of this popular quote by John C. Maxwell often, but you might not always go by it. However, you can completely understand this if you have ever been a part of a collaborative team. Recently, the Institute for Corporate Productivity (i4cp) conducted a survey along with Rob Cross and Edward Madden, professors at the Babson College. The survey has revealed that companies that promote collaborative work perform 5% better than the other organizations. The study includes 1000 companies that boast of a collaborative culture. These findings are essential to prove the fact that teamwork will help you succeed in business. However, there are times when you might think that your team is not gelling well and you are in a fix. Here I will share with you some of those effective ways to bring back the lost harmony. You can try these tips to build an ideal team.

Build and Ideal Team?

“It takes both sides to build a bridge.”- Frederick Nael

To develop an ideal team, there should be support from both ends, that is, your team members should be in-line with your vision. Nevertheless, for that, you have to motivate them. Ideal teamwork is the one that draws in success through mutual respect, cooperation and harmony. However, it is not a simple job to build an ideal team.

That compelling goal

“A successful team is a group of many hands and one mind.”- Bill Bethel

As this quote by Bill Bethel goes, you have to realize that your team has to work on a definite goal. Your team will have many members and they come with different potentials and mind maps. However, you have to train your team to have a single mission and work on it.

Clarity of thoughts and responsibilities

“Cooperation is a thorough conviction that nobody can get there unless everybody gets there.”-Virginia Burden

You have to distribute the entire work among your team members based on their capacity. The mission should be viable for the team. This will drive the passion of members to fulfill the goal. If the goals and action plan are ambiguous to your team, then it will increase the stress level. You have to spell out what each of them will do and set their deadlines accordingly. Therefore, they have clarity in their thoughts and actions.

Positive culture

“With an enthusiastic team, you can achieve anything.”- Doug Smith

You have to realize that developing a positive culture while interacting with the team is important. I usually believe that not all team members have the same potential. However, you have to develop a culture of self-respect and treat them respectfully. Once you start practicing yourself, it will be cultivated among all the team members.

Efficient feedback systems

“We rise by lifting others.”- Robert Ingersol

You have to lift all the underperforming members through feedbacks. A feedback loop is an essential component of team building. You have to identify individuals who are underperforming and what needs to be improved. Without providing feedbacks, you will not be able to understand how to motivate your team and increase their work intent. Your feedback can be in the form of assessing individual performance, announcements and positively recognizing good work before their peers. Celebrations for the success of team members are important for creating high-performing teams.

Your support

“When you hand good people possibility, they do great things.”- Biz Stone

If you think that your team members and their high potentials can alone make things right, then you are wrong. You have to support a good team also. Your support will depend on the position that you hold which may a project manager, board member or even CEO.

The survey by the NY Times shows that 75% of employees believe that teamwork is crucial but 18% of the employees do not receive performance reviews also. Additionally, it displayed that 97% of the employees think executives do not work in in-line with business objectives. Thus, it affects their teamwork and final outputs.

Executives need to work on organizational goals and regularly evaluate employee performance. For a team to perform better, effective communication is required, which will foster a sense of belonging.

How can you make your teamwork a dream work?

“Coming together is beginning; keeping together is progress; working together is a success.” -Henry Ford 

There are certain ways that, I feel, will help you do dream work with your team:

Built strength through unity

“We treat our people like royalty. If you honor and serve the people who work for you, they will honor and serve you.” – Mary Kay Ash

You should be aware of the strengths of each of your team members and accordingly assign tasks to them. This will help to empower your team and motivate them to work on their weaknesses. Similarly, you have to include all your members to be a part of decision-making in their specialized sectors. This will make them feel valued and create the first step towards building a cohesive team. A strong and united team makes road to success.

Focus on innovation

“The best teamwork comes from men who are working independently toward one goal in unison.” -James Cash Penny

A non-judgmental environment will induce the culture of giving freedom to every member to provide his or her ideas. I think brainstorming is an effective method in inspiring teams to come up with ideas. This makes them feel ‘involved’ in the project.

Socialize with team members

If you make opportunities for your team to socialize together, you encourage them to be together, away from the workplace too. This confirms keeping your team closer and opening new channels of communication. I believe this will help them discover their hidden talents, know their common interests, and considerably develop trust in each other.

Reward them

“It is amazing what you can accomplish if you do not care who gets the credit.”- Harry S. Truman

Just as the adage, you have to reward the deserving team members. Do not take the onus of the good work on yourself, wholly. This can gradually fracture your team spirit. If you cannot recognize good work then you, cannot probably expect good work out of your team. You need to identify commendable work and celebrate it. You should be prepared to give additional benefits to people who achieve beyond your expectations.

Closing Thoughts

“Great things in business are never done by one person. They’re done by a team of people.” – Steve Jobs

I believe, whether you are a team manager, team member of an entrepreneur by yourself, you will realize that teamwork is what sparks new ideas and success.