Team Building Culture
Notably, teams that are positive and highly motivated perform better than those struggling with morale. In light of this, team leaders should always develop teams that are highly motivated to maximize the synergies generated in teamwork. In essence, the team leader must change the organization culture to ensure that it has cohesive and motivated teams. Noteworthy, a positive culture leads to the development of positive teams, and accordingly motivated employees. In turn, the motivated employees lead to the excellent performance of the organization.
Positive Culture for Success in Team Building
Importantly, the desired cultural behaviors of an organization are shaped and influenced by the specific attributes that go with them. On this regard, the management should focus on the specific drivers for these attributes. Evidently, inasmuch as the management would want to change the organization culture, its effort would have zero benefits if the organization does not change its culture. For example, in order for a manufacturing company to produce better quality products than its current ones, it must improve the employees’ expertise through training. In addition, when forming organization teams, the management must ensure that the members have the necessary skills to work as a group. In essence, team members must have interpersonal and meeting management skills (Schein, 2010).
Basically, interpersonal skills refer to the ability of individuals to interact in a positive manner with other team members. In essence, interpersonal skill requires an individual to have proper communication and collaborative decision-making skills (Schein, 2010). In order for team members to have proper interpersonal skills, I will ensure that all employees and new recruits have proper communication skills as follows:
- Focus on communicating the problem and not the person. Importantly, this will eliminate the issues of individuals becoming defensive when criticized. Additionally, it will ensure that the communication is focused on the main agenda.
- Ensure that their actions match their talk. Essentially, the people should be able to use proper verbal and non-verbal speech. Evidently, the proper use of this communication tactic will avoid confusion.
- Validate other members’ contributions. In brief, I will encourage members to complement each other. Importantly, this makes them feel part of the team. Additionally, this encourages future participation of all members.
- Giving members equal opportunity to speak. Notably, I will encourage team members to share their opinions with each other. Basically, this will make all members feel equally important. Furthermore, it will encourage them to participate in future.
Noteworthy, the teambuilding process is never about who is right or wrong. Mainly, decisions are made by individuals who share similar goals. Consequently, not all individuals may agree to the decisions passed by the team. Nonetheless, individuals must learn proper communication skills which entail collaborative decision-making, which entail consensus and compromise. Basically, in consensus all individuals agree with the matters passed in the meeting. Unfortunately, the problem with compromise is that not all individuals agree to the passed resolution (Schein, 2010). Consequently, this leads to disharmony, and lack of commitment among the members who dissent the chosen option. In light of this, there is always the development of a consensus on some issues in order to form a neutral decision.
As the president of the organization, the teams will make decisions using collaborative decision-making process. Importantly, this will ensure harmony in the team, and participation by all members. Notwithstanding the potential lack of full support by all members, most contentious decisions will be passed through a compromise vote. Generally, this will enable the organization to avoid wasting time in holding another meeting. Nonetheless, highly contentious matters will be given the opportunity for a consensus.
Meeting Management Skills
Importantly, I will ensure that all teams are composed of individuals who can sit down together and form productive meetings that start and end within set periods. Moreover, the team members should be able to maintain the meeting records, as well as ensuring all members are accountable to their given duties. Notably, these skills will enable the teams to progressively improve on their duties and obligations.
Strategies to Encourage Teamwork
Importantly, as the president of the company, I am tasked with the duty of encouraging people to work as teams, and ensuring that all teams function to achieve the company’s objectives (Clutterbuck & Megginson, 2005). In light of this, I will set up strategies that ensure teamwork, and also encourage for their formation. Nonetheless, I will also ensure that the teams do not derail from the company’s main objectives.
Notably, I will act as a guide for teams. In brief, I will act as the team leader for the managerial section of the company. Accordingly as the leader of the managerial team, I will set the tone of how I expect the managers to coordinate their respective departments and teams. In essence, I will act as a role model.
In general, will value and appreciate all teams in the company. Importantly, I will acknowledge the success or failure of all the teams. In addition, I will have my office open to all teams that need to have a forum with me. Basically, this will enable the teams to know that I value their opinions and ideas on ways to make the company better.
Notably, I will set challenging team-based goals for the teams. Noteworthy, challenging, but achievable team goals will ensure that the teams remain focused on ways of achieving the set targets. In general, the goals will act as motivators for the team to achieve better performance than they have ever achieved. Moreover, I will acknowledge teams that achieve the set goals.
Importantly, I will encourage a team-based problem-solving culture in employees. Generally, I will encourage team members to share projects or tasks which are challenging to them in their respective groups. Basically, the group members would jointly share different ways of solving the problem through brainstorming. In addition, this strategy will lead to the formation of more cohesive teams.
In summary, I will encourage conversations, team brainstorming, and idea-sharing. Given the importance of open and honest communication in team building, I will set convenient team meeting zones in the company’s hall. In turn, team members will be able to have open and uninterrupted forums for their meeting. Moreover, I will encourage team members to have positive criticism on on-going company projects. In essence, this will reveal possible weaknesses in the projects and measures to counter these issues.
In general, I will encourage the formation of systems that facilitate teamwork. Notably, I will create a structure that requires activities to be done by more than one team member. For example, the review of projects will be done by individuals other than those handling the project. In turn, this will ensure there is teamwork between those coordinating, reviewing, and working on the project.
Prudently, I will establish proper communication methods in the organization teams. Noteworthy, I will create forums that share information openly to avoid the spread of rumors. In addition, I will be a listening leader; I will listen and act accordingly to ideas presented by teams. In addition, I will encourage all team members to develop this culture. Further, I will establish trust systems in the team. In essence, I will honor my word on the promises I make to team members.
Effectively, through the establishment of positive criticism, I will encourage for team dynamics. In brief, this will entail encouraging the team members to think of how they may improve the current system’s in the company. Noteworthy, the team members will be allowed to state the activities which they feel limit their performance. On the same vein, they will be encouraged to identify possible solutions for these hindrances.
Prudently, I will encourage comments, questions, and suggestions from team members. Evidently, significant improvements on company’s performance come from looking at problems using various perspectives. Accordingly, I will encourage team members to openly share their thoughts since these ideas will give important insight to the management on areas that need improvement. In addition, the open sharing of opinions will lead to the development of strong and more effective teams.
Of importance, I will avoid micromanaging the teams. Basically, I will delegate work to teams and offer necessary guidance. In addition, I will be flexible, and allow teams to make reasonable mistakes. In effect, the delegation of duties will lead to the development of more skillful employees since they will be able to practice on various challenging organizational tasks. In turn, this will lead to the development of more productive and efficient employees.
How to Motivate Employees With Performance Rewards
Importantly, motivating the employees is an important aspect in ensuring they have a consistently perform well on their duties. Consequently, all companies should develop methods to motivate their employees. In light of this, I will develop motivating methods for my employees that will entail monetary, non-monetary, and employee recognition.
In brief, monetary incentives to employees refer to financial payments to them for good performance (Clutterbuck & Megginson, 2005). On this regard, my company will always offer a quarterly financial token to employees who have shown excellent performance. In addition, all employees who have led to the development of new and innovative business ideas will be given bonuses. Further, in order to increase teamwork, groups that have had an excellent performance will receive a bonus which will be distributed evenly among team members.
On the same note, the company will offer non-monetary incentives to employees. Basically, the company will offer holiday tickets and shopping vouchers to outstanding employees. Notably, the shopping vouchers will be given to the most outstanding employee every end of the month. Similarly, the holiday ticket will be offered once a year to the most innovative employee.
Finally, my company will recognize employees and groups that have shown outstanding performance. Noteworthy, this will be done using verbal praise, and job promotion. In summary, managers will be encouraged to praise outstanding employees and encourage them to continue with the same work ethics. Further, outstanding employees will be considered for job promotion on vacancies that may be available on senior or temporary positions. In effect, this will lead to a better overall performance of the company.
In summary, the ability of managers to control and manage employees is essential for ensuring excellent business performance. Notably, the strength of an organization’s management is as good as its ability to coordinate employees, and enable them to achieve their full potential as individuals or as group members. Accordingly, all managers should learn ways of creating strong teams, and motivating employees to excel on their duties.
Clutterbuck, D. & Megginson, D. (2005). Making coaching work: Creating a coaching culture. London, UK: Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development.
Schein, E. (2010). Organization culture and leadership (4th Ed.). Hoboken, New Jersey: John Wiley & Sons Inc.