What Does Teamwork Really Mean?
Being a leader means being in charge of a group of people with similar ideas and goals, a group of people that, often times, will help you succeed in whatever field you are working. Let’s take a look beyond the headcount or the production metrics in which we measure a team. Let’s take a look at the most important part in teamwork—the build up:
1. Goal analysis and process
When a team gets together, they need to formulate a plan of attack for the day, for the week and for the quarter —depending on what the company planning consists of— if a team does not have a plan, they are simple jellyfishes in the ocean that do not have direction to go to or a process to follow. Each team-worker cares about each other’s progress, because as a team they have set goals and standards for each other. Goal analysis should be emphasized on what the previous week’s results were and the projection of growth already established.
2. Strategy formulation
Having goals does not necessarily mean having a plan. Strategy plays a big role in teamwork, it is critical for a team to formulate a great strategy to accomplish their weekly goals. It is easier to get complacent when there isn’t a strategy in place and guidelines to follow. Many companies around the world uses this key to be able to drive results among teams. With a plan in place, each team member work together to find a way to improve every day in the tasks they were assigned and in their personal skills.
3. Action process
Every team normally faces the same problem over and over again, the actions. We can’t set goals without doing anything about it, they would be merely dreams without purpose. Every team member should help in the search for the accomplishment of goals. It is critical for any leader to oversee the action plan established by each team member before publishing the final goals. Everyone in the team should have a plan with actions to lead to a result. When team attempts to accomplish goals, they will do whatever it takes because they all know it will benefit them one way or the other.
4. Monitoring progress
Here lies the main area where projects die, company loses profit and teams collapse. The ability of tracking our own progression gives us the chance to improve every single day, independently of the industry. If you are the leader, or you are a team member, you should emphasize on how much you’ve accomplished and how much more you can do to exceed that goal. Each team member should care about each other’s progress as if the development and productivity were their own, and try also to help improve their skills and knowledge when possible.
In a team, there is always the tendency to find natural leaders, and followers, regardless of the project or task. Without coordination, there isn’t really a point of having a team, everything will turn into a massive disaster. Take control of situations and coordinate circumstances more appropriately with your team. Learn to delegate responsibilities accordingly to avoid fatigue, hence, overwhelming yourself and those who are stuck with the additional work.
Have you ever had a job in which nobody recognized what you did and give you a thumbs up for doing such a great job? Have you ever been in a position where everything is hectic and no one really pumps you up to be better and get you hyped for the day? This is the part where most companies fail. As the leader of that company, our task is to be able to motivate people everyday by encouraging a positive attitude among each employee, but also ensuring that they feel appreciated at their job while understanding that their job is a key to the company’s growth. If we fail to recognize that each person in our team matters, we are limiting our growth and progression.
7. Confidence Building
The most amazing part about my job is being able to build people from the bottom up, with this, I get to build confidence and encourage people to become what they strive to be. An under confident individual often times tend to be very critical about himself/herself, and that can destroy any progress made throughout the whole day. It is important for a team to be able to boost confidence among each other, specially when we have a mixed group of people with different personalities. Point out what that person did good during that day instead of emphasizing on what went wrong. People can see what they did wrong because it is easier to recognize our mistakes instead of what we did right. Boost confidence by pointing out what that person did good.
“A successful team is a group of hands and one mind” —Bill Bethel