A successful team is determined by many factors. Having a strong team will benefit any organization and will lead to more success. Thats why we start the panning of every team building event by defining what you are looking to achieve through your team building event.
What is the purpose of your team?
A team is a group of people formed to serve a goal-driven purpose. Teams can be temporary, or indefinite. With individuals sharing responsibility, the group as a whole can take advantage of all of the collective talent, knowledge, and experience of each team member. Team building is an organized effort to improve your team’s effectiveness.
The Forming Stage: Groups initially concern themselves with orientation accomplished primarily through testing. Such testing serves to identify the boundaries of both interpersonal and task behaviors. Coincident with testing in the interpersonal realm is the establishment of dependency relationships with leaders, other group members, or pre‑existing standards. It may be said that orientation, testing, and dependence constitute the group process of forming.
The Storming Stage: The second point in the sequence is characterized by conflict and polarization around interpersonal issues, with concomitant emotional responding in the task sphere. These behaviours serve as resistance to group influence and task requirements and may be labelled as storming.
The Norming Stage: Resistance is overcome in the third stage in which in-group feeling and cohesiveness develop, new standards evolve, and new roles are adopted. In the task realm, intimate, personal opinions are expressed. Thus, we have the stage of norming.
The Performing Stage: Finally, the group attains the fourth and final stage in which interpersonal structure becomes the tool of task activities. Roles become flexible and functional, and group energy is channeled into the task. Structural issues have been resolved, and structure can now become supportive of task performance. This stage can be labelled as performing.
Use SMART Goals for successful team building
If your team cannot achieve their goals, there is a chance that they are not creating the correct goals. Whenever your team is creating goals, they will find that following the rules for SMART goals will be easier to achieve. SMART goals are specific, measurable, attainable, realistic, and timely. When they combine the elements of SMART goals, your team will have a greater chance of success.
Team Goals Must be Specific
Goals need to be specific. Your team will not be able to reach their goals if they are broad and general because planning will be too difficult. For example, “Improve our performance” is too broad. The team cannot work towards this general goal. Specific goals explain what is necessary to complete a goal and guides the team as they try to reach the goal. Specific goals may also identify location, requirements, and the reasoning behind the goal.
Successful team building through motivation of your team leaders
Effectively managing and motivating your team leaders is an essential part of building successful teams. A team that feels motivated and inspired will perform better. Every team leader is different and different personality types are motivated differently. While some people are motivated by financial gains, others require personal recognition. The key to motivating your team leaders is to find out what is the way to best motivate each team leader.
Provide Team Leaders with the Necessary Resources
Making available additional support and resources that the team leader needs, is a very effective way of motivating the team leader. Team leader cannot manage their team effectively if they do not have the necessary resources that they need. Team leaders need plenty of encouragement and personal support. They should always know that if they need something that they cannot find on their own, you will do your best to help them acquire it.
Offering support and resources can be in the form of:
- Emotional support and encouragement
- Coworker and other management support teams
- Additional training times and materials
Successful Team Building Events
It is important to the success of your team building events that team building activities should be integrated with real-time goals in the workplace. Systematic workplace integration and follow-up processes need to be planned and established before team building events take place. Good feelings and positive outcomes need to last beyond the events.
The success of a team building event starts in the planning phase of the event. The team that will be planning the event needs to be carefully chosen, keeping in mind that they will be modeling how to work together as a team.
Successful organizations incorporate annual team building events into the overall company structure. The cultural framework, philosophies, values and practices of an organization should be designed in such a way that it builds a concept of team and team work. In such a framework, team building events will produce supportive results in a group of people that already operate in a team environment.