28 August 2013

Great Teams And Great Team Players


Barry Chignell

Barry Chignell

Barry Chignell worked in Ciphr's marketing team from 2012-2020.


Leadership and management


Building a strong team culture within the workplace will increase productivity, collaboration and effective communication between your employees. Knowing how to cultivate great teams, together with great team players is key to business success.

Strong and fair leadership

Leading by example and displaying strong leadership skills will encourage respect and trust from your team. The following skills are all those that strong team leaders embrace:

  • Conflict resolution
  • Honesty and openness
  • The ability to delegate effectively
  • Confidence
  • A good sense of humour
  • Commitment to the team’s goals
  • Focus
  • Compassion

Use team member’s strengths

Capitalising on your individual team members strengths should be your strategy when delegating responsibilities and tasks. Assigning the right tasks to the right people will not only get the job done efficiently but will also aid in maintaining interest and commitment from those involved. A team member who is enjoying, and is good at, the assignment they have been given will take more pride producing an end result of top quality.

Addressing team member ‘weaknesses’ can be conducted on a one to one basis during performance reviews.

Goals that all team members understand

A team that fully understands and is clear on the goals that they are working towards are able to work towards those goals as a unit. Even if each member has their separately assigned projects, they should understand how these projects fit into the team’s overall strategy and goals.
Before assigning individual team members tasks, ensure that everyone involved fully understands the objectives of the team as a whole, and how their particular goals fit into this.

Open communication

Encouraging open communication and respect within the team is also important to ensure that ideas, issues and feedback are discussed in a professional manner. Reviewing how the team has performed to date will be most effective if it can be discussed in a calm and respectful way, especially if there are improvements to be made moving forward. Creating a ‘team’ area on your company intranet will encourage collaboration, especially if you have remote or flexible working employees.

Treat everyone as an individual

Each team member is an individual. Encouraging this individuality will utilise the full skill set from your team. Listening to everyone as an individual, rather than one voice of collective points of view and different experiences will all help to reach an agreed action or resolution. Individuals will inevitable disagree on certain points, this should be discussed and dealt with impartially to reach an outcome that is satisfactory to all those concerned.

Encourage a strong sense of unity

In order for a team culture to thrive (or even work) it is important that employees ‘feel’ that they are part of a team. Simply telling your employees that they are working in a team is not enough to convince them. Allow your employees input into the direction that the team will take for particular tasks and discuss these sensibly and constructively. Arrange for team-building exercises and encourage social activities to allow employees to get to know each other in a non-working environment.