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How To Build Strong Teams In the Work Place

Aug 11, 2008
I think it would be safe to say that in most work environments today, just about every employee has had the opportunity to work with a team. I would also think that it is safe to say that those of us who have been in situations where before your team began working together, there were those who had doubts, those how had issues with team mates, and those who just didn't want to work in a team. Many times, when teams come together and have these feelings, there is no way that they can achieve what they set out to do. Then again, there are teams that have these feelings and often go on to exceed all expectations.

So, how can team work together to not just achieve the results that are asked of them, but go on to excel the expectations of company leaders and other individuals in the company? There are some simple steps that will help guarantee a cohesive, effective team; I will address each of these below.

- Goal clarity

First thing that needs to happen when coming together as a team is the fact that each team member needs to understand each goal and why it is important to achieve each goal. You need to remove the gray areas and fuzzy lines from the picture so they can see whole picture of the particular project clearly. Each team member should be able to see the upsides and downsides or achievement or non-achievement.

- Create team buy-in

You have to strive to get every member of the team to buy into the benefits of the project and the results thereof. If you want to accomplish the project and exceed expectations, you must make sure that you create buy-in from the very beginning.

- Value contributions

Believe it or not, every member of a team brings something valuable and special to the team. You don't want to miss out on that contribution do you? When you bring people together, you will achieve a full range of potential and contribution and you will achieve more. When you get each team member building on different perspectives, the possibilities are endless.

- Aim high

When a team aims higher than the actual goal, great things start happening. Sometimes teams will identify other opportunities to excel and create great results. You should encourage your team to always aim high and get the best results possible.

Basically, if you strive to achieve all of these things in a team environment, you will have greater chance of building a strong team that is based on exceeding the expected results.
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CMOE is a company that specializes in team building and team building skills. For over 45 years, CMOE has been assisting companies in improving productivity. They offer many workshops that center on executive team building and management team building. For more information, please visit the CMOE website.
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