Building the power team


Whenever a team is needed, a well-thought-out plan is also needed to motivate the team
into working together and cultivating a sense of team spirit and enthusiasm.
Here are the basics:
Start a new team by organizing an off-site meeting. A break from the everyday work environment usually sets people at ease, and they are then more open to change and meeting new team participants.
Keep the meeting loose and creative and watch how the group interacts. Set aside time to brainstorm and strategize, but your focus should be to allow the team members to get to know one another.
Group leaders should acknowledge individual achievement during group meetings, as well as compliment the team as a whole for working well together. By providing positive recognition and feedback, with relevant examples, the group leader can build a sense of respect and unity within the team.
When acknowledging strengths within the team, also make an effort to highlight new ways in which those strengths can be used that could further benefit the performance of the team.
Ask the right questions and listen to the answers. People excel when they are doing what they enjoy and what they do well. Know your team.
If someone is not making the cut, revisit why he or she was initially selected to be part of the team. Your work environment may have stifled the very characteristics you admire. You may need to refresh your overall approach.
Know that every action has an equal and opposite reaction. That being said, if an employee has a specific weakness, what is his or her opposing
strength? Find it and bring it to light. Encourage and cultivate this newfound strength.
Cross train everyone. Cross training instills a sense of teamwork, but it also allows employees to explore other roles within the company. They may be better suited in a different position based on their skill sets. This will lead to improved overall job satisfaction.
Recognize and highlight interim successes with a team lunch or food brought into a meeting. Such mini-celebrations are great morale boosters. Use benchmarking or progress techniques to monitor the productivity of the team. If there is a lull or dip in performance, consider an activity to recharge and refocus the team. Sometimes a simple, inexpensive break can energize and boost a team’s productivity. Celebrate the completion of a project in some manner. Recognition is paramount.
I’ve got that club in my bag!
I was playing golf on a team with one of my buddies in Florida. On a par four, I smoked the ball from the tee, but when it hit the ground, it rolled right and went into a sand bunker. We were playing best ball and playing skins (a hole-by-hole wager where the lowest score wins; when there is a tie, the win carries over to the next
hole, until there is finally a lowest score). We decided to play from my ball, as it was closest to the green. The next shot, however, involved hitting out of the bunker and over a cluster of palm trees in order to reach the green.
I boldly shouted out, “Hey, no problem. I’ve got that club in my bag.” My friend laughed and said, “Great, we need it, bring it on!” We both warmed up for the shot and chanted, “Yah, yah, we can do this!”
At that point, through my peripheral vision, I saw a couple, well within earshot, walking toward the green. They had heard my “club in my bag” boasting and the two of us joking around and getting totally psyched for the shot. I turned beet
red and thought,“Boy, I had better
have that shot in my bag.”
I took my 7 iron, angled it for more loft, and swung deep into the bunker to pop the ball up and over the palms and land on the green that I couldn’t even see.
I took a deep breath and took the shot. The ball cleared the palms in the right direction and we ran out to watch it drop and roll within three feet of the pin. The couple walking by watched the ball land too.
Whew!
We birdied the hole (a birdie is a score of one under par—in this case, scoring 3 on a par four) and I was redeemed.
Ultimately, all of the silliness and boasting that day was about us having fun. The fact of the matter was that I did have that club in my bag, meaning that I was confident that I could make the shot and did. We high fived and laughed our
heads off. We came out to play and were having some success!
You have to encourage and celebrate the team. It’s where your power comes from.

About Lorii Myers

39 Time Award Winning Author
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