Does your organization have winning teams?
Everyone wants to be on the winning team, don’t they? It feels great to be seen as a winner, and to get the rewards that come from winning.
If winning is such a positive thing for employees and organizations alike, why aren’t all teams winning teams? According to a Clear Company survey, “97% of employees and executives believe lack of alignment within a team impacts the outcome of a task or project.”
Wait, what exactly does “lack of alignment” mean in a team? I think for teams to be in alignment, they need a minimum of the following four keys:
1. A common goal:
To win, you have to know what the end result i s that you want to achieve. Not only do you need a stated goal, but you also need everyone on the team to have the same understanding of what that goal really is, and agree to the approach to achieve it.
Once you have developed your goal, you’ve got to get everyone’s buy-in. That doesn’t mean you twiddle your thumbs until you get consensus. That is not what commitment is about. What you do need is for everyone to put their ideas and thoughts out on the table to be considered. And you need to consider each thought, opinion, idea, etc. When people are heard, they are much more likely to get on board. To put the icing on the cake, everyone should verbally acknowledge their commitment.
3. Open communication:
Now you’ve got a goal that everyone has bought into. So now you just move forward toward the goal, right? Well, yes, but there’s more to that. You have to be communicating openly throughout the process, telling each other when things are going well, and when they aren’t working. And you have to keep each other up-to-date on progress.
Last, but probably most critical, is having real trust among the team members. Each of the previous keys adds to the sense of trust in the team. When you are communicating openly, working toward a commonly understood goal with equal commitment, you begin to be in relationship with each other. You open yourself to understanding what team members need to succeed and you find ways to share small successes along the way.
These ideas sound so very commonsense, don’t they? But too many organizations don’t implement them. If you need a little assistance (or a lot) in making teams that win, contact me and we’ll get to work right