Ever wonder how some work groups become so effective while others lag behind? It should be a no-brainer, but it really isn’t. As advanced as technology has gotten, people have yet to learn how to use it in the best ways. In fact, I’ve often thought that technology has in many ways pulled people apart.
Team environments need work, just as any other relationship. It’s kind of like dating, but without physical intimacy. In order for a team to really work, whether it’s a sports, work, or a life partner, everyone needs to cooperate. So, how do you get that to happen? Below are some things that I’ve found work for me.
1. Make sure everyone knows what the goals are. Like rules, in order for them to work, everyone has to understand them. Otherwise, you find yourselves running around like a bunch of Keystone Cops. The team really needs to be committed to attaining objectives. Otherwise, it is useless to even have them. I usually send out weekly emails to keep people aware of what the next targets are.
2. Keep an open door policy. The environment people are working in needs to be as comfortable as possible so they will readily communicate with you and everyone else. One great way to encourage this is to use a meeting room outside the office. It’s a great pick me up – because a change of space is a change of pace. Also, there is something really cool about these rooms. They have everything you need and Davinci can even order lunch for you.
3. Listen more than you talk. Of course, if everyone did this you may not get anywhere, but if managers in particular spent more time listening to their underlings something amazing might happen — like, you may get a lot more done. Nothing like heading off problems before they arise. And the best way to do that is listen before you leap.
Those are just a few of the things off the top of my head I’ve found really work for me.