Putting together an effective team is a challenge that business owners have been facing since people first started working together to reach a common goal. There are countless methods and schools of thought on how to put together the “perfect” team. Our goal with this topic is to challenge you to consider what an effective team is and provide you with steps to build one for your company. Ideally, the team you create should share common core values and work on continuous improvement personally and professionally. Let’s dive into the principles for putting together a team that is positioned to grow with your company.
Building the right team essentially boils down to the following principles:
• Defining the key roles and responsibilities
• Qualifying the right people
• Promoting an atmosphere of trust, accountability, and development
DEFINING THE KEY ROLES
It’s important to detail what’s intended for the role as it relates to accomplishing your company’s goals. It is highly recommended to draft the descriptions of these roles with a focus on the major responsibilities in a brief, yet descriptive manner. Don’t worry about listing every potential task or talent the individual may need to do, as these will naturally develop and change over time and can be discussed in person rather than over extensive pages of text.
FINDING THE RIGHT PEOPLE
Finding which employees should join your team revolves around two main factors:
1. Identifying which employees represent the core values you want within your team and/or company
2. Determining whether the employee is willing and able to work within the team that’s already in place
Typically if you have already identified your company’s core values and promote them in the hiring process then the first factor should be easily resolved. However, if you have yet to establish a culture within your company then start by taking a hard, candid look at what values your company presents on a typical day. Beware of falling into the notion of confusing your ideal company values with your current company values. Once you have determined these values start looking for which employees display them consistently.
Once you have identified potential candidates, set up a time to meet with them and discuss whether they are willing and able to fulfill the key roles you have already identified within the team. Note that if they are under-qualified for the role, but are passionate about working on the team and live by your cores values then consider training them into the position. It is always more cost effective to invest into an employee that is committed to the team than to find an overqualified candidate who won’t work well with others.
PROMOTING AN ATMOSPHERE OF TRUST, ACCOUNTABILITY, AND GROWTH
Now, as the leader of your newly formed team, you will need to establish an environment where your team members can work effectively together.
In order to do this you need to establish a mindset of trust, accountability, and development:
• Trust - In the context of a team, trust means a willingness to be vulnerable so that everyone can build a foundation of support and confidence that moves the team forward. Trust also enables teams to provide friendly, critical feedback when appropriate.
• Accountability - Truly effective teams don’t solely rely on the leader to hold people accountable. Instead, everyone should be comfortable with challenging anyone within the team, including the leader, to be responsible for fulfilling their roles.
• Development - Teams that last know that the key to staying effective is to ensure every member works on refining their skill sets and critiquing existing practices when there is the potential for improvement. The goal for every member should be to live by the motto of “how can we be better?”
Overall, when building the right team for your business follow these principles of defining the right roles, finding the right people, and developing the right atmosphere and there shouldn’t be any challenge that your team won’t be able to overcome with time and effort.
If you are interested in finding out more about how to develop your employees and create effective leadership teams then contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org