Build a dream team at work
Team work makes the dream work may be a well known cliché but how many of you work in a dream team? You know, the sort of dream team you see in the movies with everyone high fiving each other having just sealed a massive deal!! No....
Have you experienced going to work with the best intentions of having a brilliant day and within minutes you feel the energy being sucked out of you? Do you come home from a day at work feeling totally unfilled and frustrated?
What does it feel like to be part of great team? How do you know when it is not? Here are my top tips:
#1 Energy is high – a high performing team has this organic energy that is there even when things aren’t going well.
#2 Engaged – a dream team wants to spend time together and often highly sociable (inside and outside of work) but also inject fun into the way they work and interact with each other.
#3 Morale – is high and there is culture of support. Teams with a high level of EI will notice when they might need to give support to those around them. There is no culture of blame but one of finding solutions and care.
#4 Trust – underpins the values of the team. Trust means failure is ok. Trust means it is OK to not be OK all the time. Trust means it is OK to ask for help.
#5 No “I” in Team – the success of the team is as much about our own individual performance as it is about the collective team performance. You won’t feel alone in your vision for success. It is a shared vision.
How can you support the development of a dream team at work?
#1 Remain positive by personally reflecting on what is going well, what could be improved and what you can do differently as a result. Actions speak loudly.
#2 Build relationships – When under pressure we can tend to focus on our goals and results. Remember to connect and engage with those around you. Communicate, be interested and listen to others.
#3 No blame culture – blaming others is a way of releasing the emotion associated with feeling out of control of a situation. It is a toxic environment. It is an opportunity to show compassion and understanding which will lead to an increase in morale and trust.
#4 Trust – when we stop blaming others, and remember to engage and connect, take the time to self-reflect we start to trust ourselves and each other.
In a team that isn’t working well you might feel you can’t do anything about it. Any actions you take may feel futile. You can make a difference by first looking at yourself and reflecting on your own attitude and behaviours. The smallest changes can have the biggest impact.