In a fast-paced and changing world, keeping your team growing is a key part of maintaining a competitive edge in business. As a leader, it’s your job to identify and manage opportunities to grow your team’s experience and skills. But if you’re looking to facilitate team growth in ways that don’t rely on you alone, you’ve come to the right place.
The importance of team growth
Teams grow via team building activities, and it’s important both for your own team and your organisation. Here are five reasons why:
- Activities where team members get to discuss things with each other enable better communication among them, which can improve both their relationships and the quality of work done.
- Creating an environment where team members feel comfortable expressing their ideas and opinions will not only make them more confident, it’ll also motivate them to take on new challenges.
- Working with other team members outside of an office and experiencing new things together can help promote creativity, as it forces them to think outside of their normal routine.
- Activities where team members solve problems together will not only improve their rational and strategic thinking skills, it’ll also help them determine when a problem arises and know what to do about it so they can take charge when a real crisis happens.
- Team building activities break down barriers and increase trust between team members, which can help boost their morale.
8 methods to ensure team growth that don’t depend on just you
1. Create a common vision
Your team should spend time creating a vision together, like what you want to create and where you want to go according to your organisation’s objectives. The vision must be clear and all team members should share the same vision, eg the team wants to carry out a successful digital transformation.
2. Develop common goals
Your team should develop goals together, whether it’s for a project, a program, or your organisation as a whole, and then work to achieve those goals as a team. The goals must be understood and supported by all team members.
3. Assign individual roles and responsibilities
You should assign individual roles and responsibilities for each team member based on their strengths in order to support and achieve your common vision and goals. This can include assigning a second leader. With each person having a different role and being responsible for a different aspect of the project, your team can complete tasks without duplication or conflict and without always relying on you. What’s more, with each person given a sense of ownership, they’ll become invested in the project’s outcome and increase their efforts to create a quality product.
4. Prioritise communication and collaboration
Your team should aim to communicate and collaborate with each other every day. This includes updating team members on everyone’s progress, sharing ideas, brainstorming together, asking for feedback, and solving problems together. This can help ensure a project’s success. Plus, with good communication, even if there’s a disagreement, everyone will be able to communicate through their differences to settle on a solution and continue to move forward as a team.
Additionally, your team should create or use a workspace that supports communication and collaboration, such as a project or conference room.
5. Accept diversity
Your team should accept people of different genders, ages, racial and ethnic backgrounds, and abilities. By accepting diversity, everyone can benefit from new perspectives and insights that can help them innovate better and reach new markets.
6. Create a culture for risk and innovation
Teams are most effective when members feel comfortable taking risks, so your team should build a culture that encourages risk-taking and innovation. What’s more, when team members are empowered to take moderate risks, they can help your organisation find new and better ways to do things.
7. Get together outside of the office
Your team should plan on getting together outside of the office from time to time, such as having breakfast or lunch at a café, visiting a retreat, or exploring the great outdoors. This’ll encourage better communication, sharing, and bonding between team members. And when they return to the office, they’ll be more productive and able to re-evaluate goals to achieve the best outcomes.
8. Celebrate success as a team
Celebrating success as a team after reaching a major goal or milestone can help bring members closer together, encourage communication, and boost happiness. And happy employees are more productive, more creative, and have higher sales. Your team can celebrate by going out for drinks or having a casual Friday meeting to give thanks and reward members.
Ready to facilitate the growth your team needs?
So there you have it, there are eight ways your team can facilitate growth together. You can try some or all of these methods and you’ll reap the rewards of higher productivity and creativity, fewer internal struggles, and most importantly, stronger teamwork.
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