When we talk about teamwork we get to hear things like it is about good communication, having great collaborative tools etc. However, this is not the case. Great teamwork is not about these things. Great teamwork is rooted in incredible teams who have these elements:
Great teams trust each other. But what really trust is? Today, it is very difficult to understand trust because it has been used so often that people don’t simply understand what trust is. In the context of the professional environment, trust is the confidence that all employees have in their peers. They acknowledge the fact that the intentions of their peers are pure. There is totally nothing which they should be careful about.
But how do teams achieve trust? Trust cannot be achieved overnight. It requires several instances of sharing personal experiences. Trust happens gradually when team members share moments of happiness and sadness together. When they share their shortcomings and weaknesses with each other. And, they know that these weaknesses won’t be used against them.
Teams that don’t trust each other waste a substantial amount of time working on things that don’t matter. They stay careful even where is no need for doing so. They feel if they expose their shortcoming or weakness, it will be used against them. They find it difficult to ask for help because they think it will tell others that they are incompetent.
Teams which have high levels of trust have members who have no problem sharing their shortcoming with other members and receiving constructive feedback. They take more risks. And, more importantly, the focus their energy on important and productive tasks.
Discussions and debates
All relations, whether we talk about personal all professional, need debates and discussions to grow and flourish. People fear having passionate debates with a colleague because they think if they do so, they will build resentment in other people’s heart if they disagree. However, people don’t resent anyone for having a different point of view, but they do resent others if a problem arises and both members fail to confront each other.
This is the reason why most teams have boring meetings. They are afraid of having productive conflicts. And, eventually, this gives birth to a political environment.
Remarkable teams have members who are committed to a goal or an objective. They have meetings wherein the end they all settle on a choice with complete buy-in from each member. They are able to make a timely decision even when they don’t have enough data and things are completely uncertain. Not settling on a choice because things are not certain is worse than taking a wrong decision.
A team that has members who cannot commit keeps on rambling on goals and objectives. They have ambiguity among the tasks and things they do. As a result, they watch opportunities slip away due to extra analysis and redundant delays. They keep on wasting time on discussions again and again.
Great teams are able to unite behind one single decision when things are completely uncertain. They are not sure whether the decision is correct or not, yet they don’t allow this to come in the way of their decisions. As a result, teams with committed members take benefit of opportunities before their competitors do and move ahead without any ambiguity and complete focus.
As much tips we discussed here, the reality is still that teamwork is all about practicing some principles at your workplace for a long period of time. Another thing to note here is that since most employees at any company are managed by executive-level employees, it is important that your executives understand the importance of teamwork and building trust. It is not possible to increase teamwork without having great executives. So, provide interpersonal and relationship management training to your executives. And, if you are hiring executives for your company, don’t do it yourself. Hire an executive search firm to help you hire the right match.