If you are a manager or leader, the chances are that you have been part of teams that work well while others really struggle.
A key difference of those teams that prosper is that the underlying enablers are in place. So what are the key enablers of effective team working?
Enabler 1: Creating right culture
Many organisations talk about really valuing teamwork but the reality is somewhat different. Creating a right culture is about establishing an environment where people who work in teams are recognized, supported and encouraged for their efforts and achievements.
Enabler 2: Align reward structures with team performance
If you are going to enable team working, you need to make sure that the way in which you reward people does not focus on competition and personal gain. The truth is that, if you talk teams but do not translate that into team rewards, you will never encourage team working.
Enabler 3: Encourage teams to find solutions
It is really easy to jump in and solve problems for others. After all, it stops you being held up and gets the problem off our plate. If you encourage teams to find their own solutions, you encourage team working.
Enabler 4: Encourage balanced risk taking
Nothing of any significance is ever achieved without some degree of balanced risk taking. With balanced risk taking comes some risk of failure and you need to be willing to accept that there will be some element of failure.
The Bottom Line
If you want results from teams, you need to enable them to deliver results. So what do you need to do differently to enable better team working?
Duncan Brodie helps highly successful accountants and professionals to become highly effective team leaders and team managers. If you have enjoyed this short article, learn more about a range of free resources to help you achieve more success here
Since 2006 I’ve worked with in excess of 8,000 accountants and professionals in workshops, seminars and one to one helping them land their next jobs and become better leaders, presenters and business partners. Before that I spent 25 years in accountancy climbing the career ladder from Payments Clerk to FD. I’m a CIMA Fellow, Certified Professional Coach and Team Coach Facilitator.