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Team Building. How to Establish a High Performance Team

Problems Created from an Improper Team Building

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Giving less importance to Team Building creates a very terrific problems at various times while forming a project and then a business. Following are the reasons where problems take place because of an improper team building -:

1. Conflicts in thoughts of team members for achieving a short-term series of goals

This happens if some team members are not competent enough to understand the reason for deciding these set of goals. It happens if they are poor in the domain associated with the project.

2. Arguments taking place between team members creating chaotic situation in a process

This happens if some team members are stubborn. They don’t adapt alternative approaches suggested by their fellow team members.

3. Lack of consistency in working of team members

This happens if some team members are either lazy or have lost interest in the project. It might also happen due to misunderstanding of the strategies taken to complete the project.

4. Lack of punctuality and regularity during periodic meetings

This also happens due to above mentioned reason for Lack of consistency in working. Some team members will just inform you that they will attend the meeting, but they won’t.

5. Making too much excuses to run away from responsibilities because of not liking the work

This happens when you notice that some team members don’t update their work progress regularly. When asked, they give unnecessary logic and excuses just to create a genuine reason for not able to attend the meeting.

6. Some team member works better alone as compared to working with team

This can be identified from past projects done by team member. If he/she is more involved in solo projects than group project, then the member is not a good team player.

7. Issues arising from Blame, Responsibility and Accountability

If some mistake happens then some team members are not fit for taking the blame irrespective of he/she is really involved in the mistake or not.

And so on. Therefore such problems must be solved. To do so, don’t give a chance to create such problems to solve it. Rather, prevent it at initial stage while team is getting built. To do so, perform the following actions for team building to build a high performance team.

1. Know your Audience

For example in school and college, your audience are classmates, roommates, etc. In case of companies, your audience are co-workers. So for team building, make sure that the person which you are targeting has following personal traits -:

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1.1. The person is hardworking, dedicated irrespective of personal situations. If you meet this condition, such person becomes easy to handle and do not require any external motivation for them. This saves your energy. You will find the motivation inside him/her and not from outside circumstances.

1.2. Person Should have Listening Skills and Understanding Nature – The person should not be self-centered. Therefore, one should have very good listening skills making the person capable to understand the facts.

Such person need not require much explanation of a task, situation, responsibility, etc. One should be like, if you explain 2 things, they may understand 10 things. Again it saves your energy.

1.3. Person lives outside comfort zone – This is not necessary to be accomplished as they may be very few people who in true sense lives outside comfort zone.

If one lives outside comfort zone, then its great, otherwise no problem. Don’t worry about it. Now in order to find out whether the person lives outside comfort zone or not, identify their routine life habits especially what they do in free time.

Following habits can ensure that person is in comfort zone -:

1.3.1 Person is spending too much time with family by talking to them for hours.

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1.3.2. Person is spending much time with friends at hotels, hangouts, places at weekends, nights and whenever there is time.

 

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1.3.3. Person is distracted from external entertainment sources like Facebook, Instagram, YouTube, Twitter, Televisions, Indoor games, etc.

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2. Identifying various requirements of project/business.

Any project/business has a variety of tasks for successfully accomplishing it like performing market survey, gathering and studying research papers, gathering components for building project, using components for modifying/assembling as per project requirements, content writing, report writing and documentation, making demonstration videos and editing it, etc.

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3. Synchronizing person’s capabilities with requirements of project/business

If you ignore this, then its like you are trying to make a fish climb over a tree which is impossible and can only be done by monkeys, cheetahs, etc.

Start finding the amount of work for each requirement. Also find out whether a single person can handle more than one responsibility or a responsibility needs handled by more than one person. This is based on intensity of work and person’s potential. In this way each person will happily work together.

After perform the above 3 action, you can successfully build a high performance team. To maintain further quality focused work, perform following additional actions -:

4. Provide some external life benefits from Project/Business.

You can do this either before or after project/business completion. This is sometimes required, sometimes not required. You need to monitor the consistency of team’s work. If in case you find out that team members are feeling lazy to work further, just sit beside them, listen to them for certain amount of time with acceptance and then start motivating them.

Don’t start motivating them at initial stage as it may make them loose the interest. First listen to them. During motivation, fill them in minds with certain facts like the hard and soft skills which they are developing at every time, how their career will become strong, how they will become financially strong, how they can lead a stable, peaceful life with help of the project/business, etc. These facts will again recharge them physically as well as mentally.

That’s it. If you successfully followed the four steps, you can accomplish building a high performance team.

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