Every CEO desires to have a dream team.
People who would come together and give their best to running and growing the business.
Most times they focus all their energy on finding the people who should be in the team, forgetting that this is just one step in the process of building an effective team.
Today I will share with you a 5 step process that has helped me build an amazing team for so many brands I have worked with.
1. Define the purpose of the team: A team without a purpose that unifies them is as good as dead.
Clearly define the purpose of the team, including the overall outcome it has been brought together to achieve.
You must define:
- What do you want to create, improve or change?
- What is the purpose of each person’s role in the team?
Providing a clear, inspiring vision sets the foundation for successful teamwork, and helps guide the direction of the group when they face challenges and decisions.
2.. Gather the members of the team: After you have determined the purpose of each role then you need to define the criteria, skills and competences needed to achieve the purpose of the role. With this set criteria, you can begin finding people who fit into the role and are capable of achieving results in the role. Teach all team members to trust, respect and support each other.
Select members with complementary skills and abilities, who can bring a diverse range of viewpoints and ideas to the table. Achieving a good balance of personality types will enable the group to work together harmoniously but also challenge each other when necessary.
3. Define Each member’s goal:
- How will communication be frequent, open, honest and transparent?
- How will contributions be encouraged, valued and recognised?
- Will conflict be handled in a constructive way?
- Will team decisions and feedback be respected?
Setting clear standards from the outset will ensure that each member’s conduct and contributions are appropriate.
4. Monitor and review: Regularly review the group’s performance through team meetings and one-on-one catch ups to ensure that progress is being made. Good questions to ask are:
- how are we doing?
- What have we achieved so far?
- What have we learned?
- What isn’t working so well?
- How can we improve?
Monitoring and reviewing progress allows for adjustments and improvements to be incorporated along the way.
5. Reward Results: Make the time to regularly recognise, reward and celebrate both team and individual performance. This will help to build morale and bolster the motivation of the group to continue their hard work. Find the most appropriate way to celebrate team milestones, such as
- A personal ‘thank you’ at a team meeting,
- An email copied to senior managers,
- A team lunch.
Ensure that recognition is consistent, and that the method you choose inspires and reinforces the team members to continue their positive contribution to the team’s progress.
To grow your business, you do not just need a group of employees, you need your dream team. The squad that makes things happen.
Building the dream team is not a one-off exercise, it is something that you do continuously from time to time.
Take time today and evaluate Every member of your team as a person and your team as a whole. Are they the dream team that makes things happen?
If your response is NO or partially then this 5 step framework will help you.
Building an effective team is not something that should just be on your wish list, it is a must have.