During studies for my undergraduate and graduate degrees we were required to work in teams. Our teams were essentially virtual with members from all parts of the world with varying time zones. Similar to any group there were strengths, weaknesses, and egos. After the first year I promised I would never work in a team again. Your employees feel similarly whether they admit it or not. You’ll know if they are working together cohesively by their results. Understand, it is human nature to tell authority figures what they want want to hear when questioned. So, getting the truth is something a real leader discovers after building trust. Here are ideas:
“Lead With Purpose
Nietzsche said, “He who has a why can endure any how.” When was the last time you articulated your purpose? Why are you in business? What are you aiming to accomplish as an individual, as a team, as a company? Why does it matter? Purpose creates a single point of focus for the whole team. Not only will you approach your own work with more passion, but each team member will feel empowered and connected to the company’s success. Communicate your why regularly by working it into meetings, marketing materials and even performance reviews to make it a living, breathing force.
Build A Sense Of Belonging
Sports teams have colors, names and logos so fans can easily relate to and internalize them. Making the sense of belonging more explicit in your team will increase each member’s sense of peace, camaraderie and connection, which, in turn, will drive loyalty and productivity. Have you considered a team name? Rituals, events and other opportunities to bring the team together also can help create a secure foundation. […]”
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