How Can I Improve Team Dynamics?
Team dynamics are an essential feature of your organisation’s success: if the team is misfiring and is showing signs of dysfunctional behaviour this needs to be addressed quickly as objectives and targets will never be achieved.
We all want the maximum return from the investment we have made in recruitment and training so maximising leverage from the biggest asset in the organisation is essential. Failing to achieve this will result in poor decision making and excessive effort in just achieving the basics in terms of productivity and output.
The following are essentials in terms of producing an effective team:
- Really get to know your team: find out what is going on with them and how they interact. If, being honest, you have a weak leadership style it is likely that one of the team will emerge as the new leader, undermining your position. On the other hand, if you are too strong and control all of the power this will mean that there is an excessive deference to your position which will then mean there is limited innovation and risk-taking. Other team members will take the easiest route and actually contribute little or nothing.
- Address problems quickly: if things are going wrong with the team it is your responsibility to correct it as soon as possible. Speak to individual members of the team individually about their behaviour and approach to issues and work tasks. An open discussion of conflicts and problems is a healthy and positive management stance.
- Create a positive team dynamic: this is all about getting the culture right. A positive team culture allows sharing of ideas, concerns and commitment, bringing a positive attitude to work and the achievement of objectives.
- Build communication: keep members of the team up to date on current issues and forthcoming activity. This keeps the team focused, but also remember to involve the quieter individuals and tone down the contributions of the more vocal personnel in the group.
- Always pay attention to what is going on: this does not mean watching every move that is being made but you need to have your finger on the pulse of activity. Look specifically for any bullying issues, Groupthink and signs of pressure and stress that are unexpected. Even if your team is high-performing you still need to keep a close eye on what is happening.
Excellent team dynamics deliver excellent results, excellent productivity and high levels of individual and team satisfaction.
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