Twelve Tips for Team Building: How to Build Successful
How to Make Teams Effective
Susan M. Heathfield
, About.com Guide
People in every workplace talk about building the team, working as a team, and my team, but few understand how to
create the experience of team work or how to develop an effective team. Belonging to a team, in the broadest sense,
is a result of feeling part of something larger than yourself. It has a lot to do with your understanding of the
of your organization.
In a team-oriented environment, you contribute to the overall success of the organization. You work with fellow
members of the organization to produce these results. Even though you have a specific job function and you belong
to a specific department, you are unified with other organization members to accomplish the overall objectives. The
bigger picture drives your actions; your function exists to serve the bigger picture.
You need to differentiate this
overall sense of teamwork
from the task of developing an effective intact team that is
formed to accomplish a specific goal. People confuse the two team building objectives. This is why so many
building seminars, meetings, retreats and activities
are deemed failures by their participants. Leaders failed to define
the team they wanted to build. Developing an overall sense of team work is different from building an effective,
focused work team when you consider team building approaches.
Twelve Cs for Team Building
Executives, managers and organization staff members universally explore ways to improve
business results and
. Many view team-based, horizontal, organization structures as the best design for involving all employees
in creating business success.
No matter what you call your
team-based improvement effort
: continuous improvement, total quality, lean
manufacturing or self-directed work teams, you are striving to improve results for customers. Few organizations,
however, are totally pleased with the results their team improvement efforts produce. If your team improvement efforts
are not living up to your expectations, this self-diagnosing checklist may tell you why. Successful team building, that
creates effective, focused work teams, requires attention to each of the following.