Bruce Tuckman’s wise words about the 4 stages of development (Forming, Storming, Norming and Performing) are as relevant now as they were 50 years ago.
Improving the performance of a team right from the outset is important, so here are 5 ways you can get them started on the right foot:
1. Embrace Different Strengths
Successful teams consist of people with a variety of different strengths and qualities. Some members of the team will enjoy solving problems, other will tend to focus on the process methodically and others will enjoy generating new ideas. Embrace the different strengths and use them together.
2. Define Roles
Clearly defined roles are important, not just for individual work tasks but for joint contributions too. Sharing out responsibility is probably the best option and recognise your team members’ contributions to help establish their role.
3. Communicate Regularly
Spending time together is crucial for a new team, so organise weekly update meetings where each team member can share their ideas or opinions. It is also useful to have a 1 on 1 meeting with each team member too, in order to begin to understand how each person works best. Stronger teams are often not just colleagues but friends. If you can spend time with members outside of the office, try to, as this can help you to understand the people behind the job.
4. Define Your Vision
A team is defined as a group of people working towards a shared goal, so bear this in mind when setting tasks and visions. Try to keep this goal at the front of their minds as they will then focus on this as a team.
5. Make It Fun
A large percentage of people maintain that the reason they left their old employment was because they had had enough of their boss. This doesn’t mean that you need to get your team to ‘like’ you personally. Loyalty comes from feeling appreciated, as well as having clear objectives and feeling supported.
Teams that play together, work together so try to find ways to improve the mood within your team.
If you need any other advice about how to get your new team to perform, contact Team Building London today.