The Power of Team Dynamics is Enormous
Here’s How to Tap It and Make the Most out of It
At the core or at the backstage of all successful corporate houses and booming businesses, stands the driving force of their organizations, which is team dynamics. Unique product? New technology? Exclusive marketing strategies creating brands? These factors are in play on stage, but in the real sense, there is a team at work. So? Every company has a team! Yes, but what are the dynamics which lay the foundation for good teamwork, turning each member into strong, supporting pillars and keeping teammates bonded with a business’ goals and vision?
In a bad team, there are heroes to save the day. And the moment these heroes are unavailable or occupied, the rest of the team members are like those extras hired only to fill the screen space. However, in a good team there are synchronized and process driven teammates working to achieve their daily targets to excel in annual performance.
So, what makes these two teams what they are?
Culture, environment, and approach
It’s all about culture, environment, and approach to form professional teams at any workplace. Goals for employees, as individuals and as teams, need to be clearly specified and documented. Issues such as disputes must be handled delicately and tactfully.
There should be a decent level of transparency and the communication gap between decision-makers and executioners should be very, very narrow. Good teams require a healthy environment, and a healthy environment cannot exist without trust. And this cannot be achieved in a specific timeframe; it’s an evolving process.
A culture needs to be formed and bred with conscious and regular efforts. Once a culture is established, the teamwork needs less supervision and more roadmaps. They interact, bond, and execute operations being well-synchronized. Big corporate houses regularly hire consultants and organize events which educate employees on teamwork dynamics.
Big goals should be divided and assigned in forms of tasks. Each individual and each team should be provided clear instructions of the end-results and the execution plan. These tasks must not be dumped on teams; rather they should be handled by encouraging active participation and initiatives. Listening to feedback plays a vital role.
Experienced CEOs and directors know the value of setting goals in the right manner. Allowing participation itself is a disguised form of incentive. Nurturing the emotional needs of a team is crucial for elegant teamwork. Companies will set independent goals, but their teams should work on their goals with interdependence. Clear and well-defined goals make teamwork appear like clockwork; different machineries performing different tasks and yet the end result is an accurate projection of time.
Crises… The mirror
Performance reports reflect a business’s productivity and profitability. A good report shows the strength of a company’s teamwork. But most of the times these ‘good’ reports come forward when the company is sailing on favourable water conditions. The true strength and brilliance of professional teamwork is seen during the times of crises.
Every business has its ups and downs. Progress is about how high a company manages to go when it’s at its ups and how long it holds itself during its downs. During crises company, heads get to tap into their team’s leadership skills and innovative aspects. These are the times when the investment of culture, environment and approach pays up.
Crises are often the best learning curves for teams to make the best out of favorable market conditions and reach the pinnacle of their industry. For many rising companies, the crises are often the steppingstone of opportunity to fine tune their teamwork and excel, but once the phase of growth comes in, companies often neglect the basics and dynamics of teamwork.