How to build your dream team in four steps


How to build your dream team in four steps

You can’t just pull together a group of employees, call them a team, and expect them to come up with the results. Charisse Gray explains.


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Good teams, where employees work together rather than independently of each other, are a valuable asset to the business.

Individuals may shine, but normally one person’s brilliance does not singlehandedly decide the outcome of an entire project. Almost always, it's the joint efforts of the whole team that eventually decides the project’s success or failure

Dynamics are key

It's obvious you can’t just pull together a group of employees, call them a team, and expect them to come up with the results. 

You need to consider the dynamics of the specific team required and then choose team members whose skills and experience will work well together and who, individually, can bring something worthwhile to the table.

If you get the people dynamics wrong, this can influence the work group in terms of how it functions, its productivity and its success. You may experience competition rather than co-operation, and there may be a clash of personalities, ethics and values.

Building the ideal dream team

1. Build the team around members who have these traits:
  • complementary skills and experience
  • similar values and attitudes 
  • understand that the team is more important than the individual
  • have a strong sense of belonging and commitment 
  • are clear about goals and  targets, individual roles and responsibilities
  • feel challenged by their individual tasks and responsibilities
  • feel responsible for the outcome
  • feel free to say what they really think and the authority to develop their own ideas
  • are prepared to follow an agreed course of action, though they may have a differing opinion

2. Identify the traits below in your team members. This will be important when you assign tasks:

Doers – they make sure the job gets done. They drive the team.
Thinkers – they have good ideas and reject bad ones, and 
Carers – they keep the team together, ease tensions, promote harmony and are sensitive about relationships within the team.

3. Choose the team leader wisely. The team leader must:
  • have good people and strong communication skills
  • establish clear, challenging goals which everyone understands and wants to achieve
  • use consultative processes to plan team work and allocate tasks 
  • establish protocols and standards
  • engender a willingness to co-operate and mutual trust; and be able to get the best from each team member
  • adapt their leadership style to suit the situation’s needs 
  • ensure each team member feels a strong sense of belonging 
  • monitor individual and team’s progress effectively
4. Appreciate that you have a key role. This is to:
  • encourage vision trust communication and collaboration
  • help team members become clear on its purpose and goals
  • help team members to clearly understand guidelines and processes for solving problems and making decisions
  • encourage team members to contribute to identifying goals and feel a sense of ownership of the project they are working on
  • ensure there is support from senior management 
  • use team building exercises that have specific purpose and clear objectives; that challenge the dynamics and interactions within a team and provide strong learning experiences.
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