What makes good teams successful
Several brains think better than one. But what characterizes a group of people who successfully take on a project together?
The shared goal
When people work toward a goal with which they all identify, a “we” feeling results. A very important factor that creates good work ethics within the group.
Those who break out of old thinking patterns or routines and who tread new paths are creative. In a good team, there is always room for unusual ideas and new work processes.
Having a shared goal is important but that doesn’t mean the team can just start working without a plan. Each member of the team should know what his/her tasks are. Good project planning shows each member what has already been achieved and when the next sub-goal is to have been achieved.
In a successful team, each member feels responsible for achieving the shared goal. Team members don’t just narrowly focus on their own tasks but are actively interested in the other project areas as well. This begins with simple listening at meetings even when the subject doesn’t affect one’s own specialization area.
Each has his/her role
Each participant of a group takes his/her role seriously and strives to fulfill the others’ expectations. In successful teams, the skills of individual members interlink like cogs in a machine. While some are experts in their field of specialization, others are allrounders and generalists who work at the interfaces between subjects.
Nobody likes to be pressured to perform. As in all other areas of life, people want to be treated with respect. Successful teams have a pleasant work atmosphere. Everyone should feel involved and no one should be afraid to freely express concerns or ideas. Respect also includes adhering to agreed dates or datelines for work.
Transparency and continuous information flow
In good teams, decisions are made jointly or each member is informed of the decision at an early stage. This prevents people from feeling patronized or left in the dark, something that can quickly poison the mood in the group.
A practiced feedback culture
Regular feedback helps to continuously improve team work and to ensure that all are on the same path. Criticism should always be constructive. Praise and recognition promote cohesion and motivation among individual members. And why not celebrate partial successes? This can only benefit a positive mood in the team.
Good conflict management
Where there are opinions there will be disputes. Friction and disagreements should never be ignored. What applies here as well: Communication is everything. And the person who is initially alone in his/her opinion just may be right. Teams with good conflict management can often uncover and solve problems in project planning faster than others. To ensure that the team stays together, all conflicts should be discussed and, in the best case, solved.
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