Team Building

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This is a guide that provides information about how to build a good team from scratch. Whether it is a work team, a basketball team, a surgical team, or a volunteer committee team, this guide specifies the requirements and qualities a good team possesses. Additionally, this guide provides where to find good team members and qualities to look for in team members. This guide can be used by individuals or small businesses that want information about how to build a good team.

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									Team Building Guide
This is a guide that provides information about how to build a good team from scratch.
Whether it is a work team, a basketball team, a surgical team, or a volunteer committee
team, this guide specifies the requirements and qualities a good team possesses.
Additionally, this guide provides where to find good team members and qualities to look
for in team members. This guide can be used by individuals or small businesses that
want information about how to build a good team.
                                                        Table of Contents

How to Develop a Great Team and Build It from Scratch..............................................................4
   1.    A great team must have shared goals and clear expectations ..............................................4
   2.    A great team must communicate, communicate, communicate...........................................4
   3.    A great team must have commitment and trust....................................................................5
   4.    A great team must have a plan.............................................................................................6
   5.    A great team must collaborate. ............................................................................................6
   6.    A great team sometimes requires an outside consultant. .....................................................7
   7.    A great team must feel appreciated......................................................................................7
   8.    A great team must practice. .................................................................................................8
   9.    A great team must assess. ....................................................................................................8
   10.      A great team must celebrate. ............................................................................................9
Where to Find Great Team Members ...........................................................................................10
What Qualities to Look For In Your Team Members...................................................................11
   1.    Diversity ............................................................................................................................11
   2.    Communicators..................................................................................................................11
   3.    Skill ...................................................................................................................................11
   4.    Interest ...............................................................................................................................12
   5.    That certain something ......................................................................................................12
Top-Notch Team Building............................................................................................................13




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                Team Building: How to Build a Terrific Team
                     The Art of Building a Great Team from Scratch


Whether it’s a work team, a basketball team, a surgical team, or a volunteer committee team,
having the right team for your goal, vision, or project is absolutely critical to that team’s future
success. Here are some common characteristics that greats teams share:


      Great teams work together. Poor teams work against each other.


      Great teams communicate. Poor teams vacillate.


      Great teams have some fun. Poor teams don’t.


      Great teams win and excel. Poor teams lose or fall behind.


      Great teams do great things and poor teams do mediocre things.


Building a top-notch team from scratch is both an art and a science – taking some time and effort
to thoughtfully build your new team can lead to financial, critical, personal, and overall success.




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             How to Develop a Great Team and Build It from Scratch

While building a great team from scratch entails some careful planning and work, sometimes it’s
easier to build your own team than to inherit a team that isn’t working well. Build your team
with careful consideration and a well-planned strategy with team goals in mind.


Consider the following ten tips for a successful team:


1. A great team must have shared goals and clear expectations

   What goal or vision are you trying to achieve? Do the members of your team understand
   what you’re trying to achieve and why you’re trying to achieve it? Do you have clear
   expectations for your team?


   Before your project launches, a clear sense of mission and vision must be clearly stated and
   accepted. For instance, your company might be launching a new website that’s intended to
   increase sales by 20 percent. In this case, team members should understand why the new site
   is needed, how they will contribute to the project’s overall success, and what the project’s
   timeline is.


   As you’re building and developing your new team, make sure you have solidly accomplished
   this first step of shared goals before you continue on in your team-building efforts.



2. A great team must communicate, communicate, communicate

   Essentially, communication could be step one through ten in team building because it is so
   important to any team’s success. As a leader of a newly built team, you need to communicate
   everything from your shared mission and vision to special goals to timelines to meetings to
   project updates.




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   Communication, however, should never just be top-down. Every member of the team needs
   to have an opportunity to communicate as well – to ask questions, to provide opinions, to
   brainstorm.


   Everyone learns differently, so remember that you may have to use different forms of
   communication for different members of your team. One-on-one discussions, online
   podcasts, email updates, large group meetings and smaller sub-team meetings, and question-
   and-answer sessions are all opportunities for communication. Make sure that you
   communicate important information in a variety of ways so that you reach everyone on your
   team.


   Communication is absolutely critical to any project’s success. You can never communicate
   too much.




3. A great team must have commitment and trust.

   Whether they volunteered for the team or not, each member of your team must have some
   level of commitment to the project and trust that their work will make a difference.


   As a team leader, it is your job to create this atmosphere of commitment and trust –
   explaining how this work will contribute to the team’s goals and showing that you can be
   trusted to listen and respect each team member’s feedback. Commitment and trust can mean
   the difference between team success and failure.


   To achieve this goal, you might need to take some time away from the project itself to focus
   on team-building. For instance, you could plan a half-day retreat of creative team-building
   activities or a getaway to a fun location where the focus is more on the team itself than the
   specific project. Make sure you follow any offsite events with meaningful reinforcement
   back at the office so that the event isn’t just a diversion but a significant contributor to your
   team.



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   Continue to carefully monitor the commitment and trust level among your team and address
   any issues immediately if they arise rather than letting them fester and leading to serious
   morale problems down the road.



4. A great team must have a plan.

   The softer aspects of team building are important, but you should never forget the team’s
   overall goals and plans as you work together. Working with your team, you should develop a
   detailed plan that includes project management goals, timelines, and expectations for each
   individual or sub-team.


   How often will you have team meetings? What is your budget? What milestones and smaller
   goals are you trying to achieve? How will each person contribute? How will you know that
   your team has achieved success?


   Remember to set goals that are specific, measureable, attainable, and time-oriented.


   Refer back to your plan regularly.



5. A great team must collaborate.

   On any team, you’ll find some individuals who love working as part of a big group and some
   who would prefer to return to their office, close the door, and work alone. While individual
   contributions are important, collaboration is also imperative to your team.


   Collaboration means contributing to the team’s goals more than individual goals.
   Collaboration means working closely with different sub-groups. Collaboration means
   working together on team development, problem-solving, and conflict resolution. And again,
   collaboration means communication!




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   Encourage your team to genuinely collaborate by creating an atmosphere of respect,
   ingenuity, and enthusiasm.



6. A great team sometimes requires an outside consultant.

   Sometimes an independent expert is just what a team needs. Hiring an outside consultant can
   be a sign of strength as much as anything.


   Consultants can come in early in a project’s lifecycle to provide structure for brainstorming,
   project planning, and team-building. They can also provide assistance later on if a project is
   stalling or struggling.


   Someone who isn’t knee-deep in the project can often provide a bird’s-eye view perspective
   of the project that can provide both momentum and insight. Consultants can also help keep
   projects on track, handle interpersonal challenges, organize large volumes of information,
   and help summarize and present your team’s ultimate work. If an external consultant isn’t in
   the budget, sometimes internal consultants – a leader in human resources or senior
   management or individuals who will be involved in the final product somehow – can provide
   great feedback as well.



7. A great team must feel appreciated.

   Step seven is so important and so often overlooked. People need to feel appreciated,
   especially those who might be working longer hours to accomplish a top-priority project or
   team goal.


   This can take the form of individual compliments, recognition at a higher level (an email to
   senior managers pointing out the team’s specific contributions and successes along the way),
   or a small celebration. Different team members are motivated by different reward factors
   (money, recognition, etc.) so take some time to understand what makes your team members
   tick.


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8. A great team must practice.

   Just like a great basketball team or a team of top-notch surgeons, it’s important to practice
   and rehearse before any big event. This is especially important when you’re building your
   team from scratch because the individuals likely aren’t used to working and presenting
   together.


   For instance, if you’re going to debut your new sales-oriented website for a team of your
   company’s senior leaders, take some time to practice the overall presentation so it’s clear,
   clean, and consistent. If your ice hockey team is preparing for the local tournament, practice.
   If your nonprofit is soliciting sponsors for its first-ever fundraiser, practice. Practice, practice,
   practice!


   Being prepared throughout any project and on any team is definitely critical to your overall
   success.



9. A great team must assess.

   How do you know if your team succeeded in achieving its goals? Any team project must
   have measureable goals that you should return to throughout and after the project is
   completed.


   You can use hard measurements including staying on budget, increasing sales by a certain
   percentage, winning an award, and so on. Online surveys are another great, simple option for
   team assessment. You can also interview individual team members one-on-one to get their
   honest feedback and assessment of the project for a qualitative perspective. This assessment
   will make future teamwork that much better and easier.


   Finally, you should have a written summary of your team’s work.




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10. A great team must celebrate.

   When you finish a successful project, don’t just slink back to your offices and move on to the
   next thing.


   Take some time to celebrate your team’s accomplishments, however big or small they may
   be. This final step of celebration can make team members feel both valued and more
   interested in the next team goal, event, or project. It’s always ok to have some fun on a team
   and to reflect on your progress.


   Thank everyone for their contributions.




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                         Where to Find Great Team Members

Great team members can truly be found anywhere. Your childhood best friend. Your new
accountant. Your fitness coach. Your next-door neighbor. Your human resources liaison. And
yourself. You can find great team members anywhere, but you’ll need to learn how to identify
them.


Because you are picking the team, take the appropriate amount of time to research your
particular needs and then locate the people who have both the skills and interest in contributing
to your team.


Study successful teams to see who and what makes up the team and how those team members
are treated. Don’t be afraid to ask other team leaders how they developed their best teams and
what tips they can offer. And don’t be afraid to be innovative, to take risks, or to try something
new.


Finding the right team members, understanding how they can contribute to your team, and then
putting everyone in the right place at the right time can make for an incredible and successful
team.




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                What Qualities to Look For In Your Team Members

Since you are building this new team from scratch, you can really pinpoint and pursue the
precise qualities you want in your various team members. Some qualities can make a bigger
impact on your team than others, so you should be meticulous in your planning and team
selection.


As you develop your new team, consider the following five qualities that can add up to a great
team:


1. Diversity
        Make sure you bring together a team of people with a variety of backgrounds and vantage
        points in order to build a strong, diverse team that will then offer you a variety of ideas
        and input. This can mean diverse talent, culture, experience, education, and more.



2. Communicators
        Just as the success of any team revolves around communication, you should look for
        good – even better, great – communicators on your team. This means both good listeners
        and team members who are willing to speak up and offer a different point of view.



3. Skill
        If everyone on your basketball team plays the point-guard position or everyone on your
        work team wants to be the group leader, your team is probably going to be in trouble.


        You need to find team members who are skilled and talented in multiple areas (whether
        that are physical skills, a fantastic eye for detail, financial background and expertise,
        negotiating skills, and so on) so that you build a strong and deep team. Look for people
        who offer skills in a variety of areas.




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4. Interest
      Sometimes people volunteer for a team and sometimes they are forced to join one. In the
      first case, the team member’s level of interest and commitment shouldn’t be an issue. In
      the latter situation, you may have to work to develop that person’s interest in the team, so
      that the individual is a force for good on your team. A good attitude and a good
      personality will make a big difference on your team (and so will bad attitudes and bad
      personalities!).


      Along with interest goes the quality of perseverance, the team members who will
      persevere with you even when times are especially challenging. Likewise, some team
      members will be interested in different aspects and elements of your team, and that’s also
      ok.



5. That certain something
      Finally, you’ll need to use your ultimate judgment as you assess potential team members.


      “That certain something” can be anything from having a clear passion for your team to
      outstanding experience, from excellent community connections to an abundance of free
      time to contribute to your team. That certain something is simply those qualities that
      you’ll know when you see them, the qualities you want on your team.




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                                   Top-Notch Team Building

In essence, building a truly terrific team isn’t necessarily difficult, but it definitely requires a
unique combination of time, effort, commitment, creativity, collaboration, and excellent listening
skills.


Examples of great teams can be found in sports, in schools, in both large and small businesses, in
neighborhoods, in families. While these teams may all be different, they have some core traits in
common that make them successful.


As you build more and more teams from the ground up, you’ll be able to spot what groups will
have a better chance of success so that you can win that medal, accomplish that corporate
project, or save the world.

         Great teams accomplish. Poor teams sputter.

         Great teams have ideas. Poor teams have complaints.

         Great teams make a difference. Poor teams make trouble.

         Great teams are proud. Poor teams hang their head.

         Great teams are truly a great thing to behold.

Best wishes in building your top-notch team.




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