Master the Skills of Team Collaboration and be Successful

10/26/2016

In every business, there are always projects and tasks that need to be completed that require the entire team’s involvement. In these cases, team members have to work together to achieve a common goal. When several people come together it can be difficult to manage and work with each of the personalities and work habits, so here are a few tips to help you and your team achieve success. 

Get To Know Each Other

To ensure that the project starts off on a good note, spend some time getting to know each other. A few ways that you can encourage interaction amongst your team members are;

  • Icebreaker questions
  • Personality tests
  • Group coffee run
  • Team lunch
  • Team building activities

This will give you the chance to observe how team members act within a group setting and will provide insight into their skills and talents so that you can find the best task suitable for them. 

Define Clear Roles

When a group of people comes together to work towards a common goal, personalities can either help the project or hinder it. Natural leaders will come to the forefront and followers will take a secondary role but what happens when leadership styles begin to clash or everyone wants to be the leader? To avoid confrontation and to keep productivity levels high throughout the entire project, assign clear roles to each person so that they know exactly what needs to be completed and when. By defining everyone’s roles at the onset, it will streamline the process so that every task gets completed and nothing will fall through the cracks. 

Provide Feedback

With any project, feedback is necessary. Spend time each morning (or once a week) providing feedback to the team, discussing key concerns and sharing successes. This will also help everyone have a clear view on the status of the project and how they can improve in their contribution.

For feedback to be effective, it needs to be delivered in a respectful environment. Before any feedback or brainstorming session, establish clear boundaries of how these ideas can be shared. A team is only as strong as its weakest member, so be sure to create a positive space where everyone feels included!

Team collaborations are essential in business, as very rarely can a large project be completed by one individual. To make the most of your time and the skills and talents of those who are working with you, be sure to create an inclusive space where everyone is valued and can achieve success!

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