If you watched Germany’s defeat against South Korea this World Cup, you’ll understand the importance of teamwork, or in this case, lack of it. Throughout the match the German team competed for power and authority by publicly arguing among themselves. They displayed poor leadership in a match marred by individual hot-headedness; especially when goalkeeper Manuel Neuer lost patience and ran into the opponents’ half, losing possession and giving a goal to the Koreans in a moment of rashness he’ll long be remembered for.
Teamwork is the collaborative effort of a group of people to achieve a common goal or to complete a task in the most effective and efficient way. Teamwork training and teambuilding are just as important in the workplace as they are in sports. Most of us have memories of being forced to ‘get on with each other’ in the classroom or at work; perhaps on an outward-bound course wearing school uniform or company sweatshirts, crossing streams on ropes in hard hats or building a raft out of paper, wood and sticky back plastic! Certainly, within management and organisational training, teamwork has many visual clichés, but that doesn’t lessen its importance.
On the football pitch or in the office team-development is key to improving performance with team training activities vital. There are four main ingredients:
Creating clear objectives for both individual and team goals by defining success and failure helps to motivate people and create a sense of ownership. The boss or coach must identify specific outcomes for success with clear timelines to help a colleague or the team measure progress. This is called building a positive team culture.
Ensuring team members understand their own and others’ roles and duties reduces uncertainty and provides a structure for actions. Knowing what is expected of you confirms individual accountability, the importance of interdependence and the part you play in the team’s success. Using the football analogy and citing a manufacturing company as an example, some are responsible for attack (sales and marketing), others defending (product or service quality control) and others stand in goal (customer service / complaints).
Problems can be better tackled by people putting their heads together to find solutions rather than by independent personal action alone (as the German goal keeper demonstrated).
Communicating openly, sharing knowledge and supporting one another makes a team strong. Mutual trust is developed when team members are happy working efficiently and effectively together. Teams that trust each other can help improve business performance through measured risk-taking and shared responsibility.
In my role as a business coach I have helped many organisations develop interpersonal skills and build effective project teams with a sense of shared destiny. This has also involved conflict resolution and building a problem solving system:
My 6 tips for building a successful team whether in sport or the office are:
1. Familiarisation: Get to really know your fellow team members and help them get to know each other personally and professionally
2. Communication: Encourage honest and effective discussion to share knowledge, ideas and workload. People enjoy problem-solving activities and team members should feel comfortable when they voice an opinion by saying what’s on their mind. This is a continuous process, in which team members must courteously communicate any thoughts or feelings to avoid conflicts
3. Awareness Raising: Check for understanding of roles between people. Effective coordination avoids confusion and overstepping boundaries. Team members feel accomplished and motivated if they know what they are meant to do and how they fit in with the overall operation
4. Cooperation: Check for agreement. Giving feedback to each other and making any changes to improve the process of collaborating helps focus the team which improves productivity
5. Resolution: Settle conflicts quickly and constructively. Healthy conflict resolution comes with open communication
6. Involvement: Accept and support one another during and outside work. Think of your team as your ‘work family’ as you build high levels of trust and cooperation with each other in and out of work.
Team Training Workshops
My Teambuilding and Performance Workshops will help you build a team from scratch or boost the effectiveness of an existing team through specific training and developmental exercises, targeting the individual members and adjusting the team environment as a whole.
Work with me to figure out your organisation’s teamwork needs, and the best ways to improve collaboration and communication including managing conflict, boosting interdependence and cohesiveness.
Techniques, Tools and Tips for the better team
Step up to the challenge of solving team related problems at work and at home by facing up to issues and dealing with them. The Building Resilience component of my Teambuilding courses directly addresses individuals within the team and provides them with the skills to overcome negative or stressful situations which can weaken team structure and hold the team back.
Develop essential self-motivation techniques
Stressful days and challenges are inevitable and we all need some extra motivation from time to time. It’s why my Motivational Workshopsare an important component of teamwork designed to inspire you and your staff to overcome failure and flip negative situations into positive ones. You will learn motivational thought processes to promote and sustain energy, build engaging and positive workplace environments and improve team collaboration at every level.
What is covered?
Informative, entertaining and full of useful tips and techniques for teams, my workshops bring motivation alive for delegates with lots of participation, exercises, discussions and regular feedback sessions including:
- The key elements of self-motivation
- How to build and maintain positive team energy
- The importance of good health and wellbeing
- How to overcome failure
- How to deal with criticism (internal and external)
- The significance of creating a motivational environment
- Delivering behavioural shifts to transform customer and colleague communication
- How to flip a negative experience into a positive outcome
If you want to learn how to build or strengthen your team, it’s time to talk and discover sustainable and measurable results for your business.
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