Team building has never been more important than it is in today’s global, digital, and ever-connected workplace. Blurred boundaries between where, when, and with whom employees work are changing traditional organizational practices and cultural norms. In 2020, many organizational teams include people from multiple offices and countries who must learn to integrate diverse values and preferences and rally around shared goals and a singular mission.

This month Brighter Strategies is focused on team building, a critical organizational competency. Each week on the blog we will explore how to:

  • Enhance team dynamics for greater performance.
  • Learn best practices for effective communication and collaboration.
  • Discover new strategies for improved interpersonal interactions and conflict resolution.
  • Identify how the neuroscience of trust creates team bonding or dysfunction.

This week we’ll look at a few external articles about team building.

According to McKinsey & Company in the article, “High-performing teams: A timeless leadership topic.” “Energetic, ambitious, and capable people are always a plus, but they often represent different functions, products, lines of business, or geographies and can vie for influence, resources, and promotion. Not surprisingly then, top-team performance is a timeless business preoccupation.”

The article describes several best practices when it comes to building high-performing teams. Diversity of composition is critical to ensure various perspectives and ideas contribute to the work and prevent groupthink. Healthy communication, an ability to resolve conflict, and trust are the hallmarks of effective team dynamics. Freedom of autonomy, risk taking, and innovation energize a team toward its common purpose. And a shared vision keeps a team aligned on priorities and working together in concert.

Clasped interlocking hands, representing the importance of team building.

Douglas Gerber, author of Team Quotient: How to Build High Performance Leadership Teams that Win Every Time agrees that vision is the number one ingredient of a high-performing team. Identity, values, results, effectiveness, fun, alignment, and trust are seven other core elements characterized by a successful team culture.

LinkedIn co-founder Reid Hoffman summed up team building perfectly when he said: “No matter how brilliant your mind or strategy, if you’re playing a solo game, you’ll always lose out to a team.”

We hope you’ll join in the conversation about Team Building this month. Please share your thoughts with us about team building on Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter. You may also wish to download our ebook, Power Team, which is available for free on our Resources Page or below.

Power Team

The power of two is greater than the power of one. And the power of “more than two” is limitless. Brighter Strategies offers a fresh perspective on how to create a “power team”—a group of two or more people who come together to work toward a common goal.

After reading and completing this workbook, you will understand team basics, including the definition, types, and natural development. You will complete a simple five-step team-building process, which includes creating the team, clarifying roles, communicating well, collaborating to meet goals, and celebrating team success. If you want to maximize your organization’s effectiveness, choosing to form a team to complete a task is the first step in the right direction.

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