We all understand conceptually that a team working effectively can deliver great results. So what are six big opportunities from effective team working?
Opportunity 1: Access to skills
You or I might be talented at what we do. On the other hand, we all probably recognise that there are things that we don’t do so well. Team working allows us to mix our greatest skills with the greatest skills of others.
Opportunity 2: Build support
Even the most upbeat of us needs the support of others from time to time. When a team commits to supporting each others, it is a win-win outcome.
Opportunity 3: Greater creativity
To thrive and prosper these days, organisations need to continually innovate. A team of people working together not only generate more ideas but also build on each other’s ideas. It is much easier to build on others’ ideas than to start with a blank canvas.
Opportunity 4: Better problem solving
You might have heard the term ‘a problem shared is a problem halved’. The essence of this statement is that, if you have more people thinking about solutions to problems or challenges, you will get a more optimal result.
Opportunity 5: Increased motivation
I don’t know about you but I find that every time I am part of a well motivated team it rubs off on me. The energy of the team really increases motivation.
Opportunity 6: Professional and personal development
Organisations often say that there are no resources available to develop staff. Providing people with the opportunity to be part and parcel of a small solutions focussed team can present a golden opportunity for professional and personal development.
The Bottom Line
Team working is not just good for morale but also for business results. So what opportunities could you seize to create better team results?
Duncan Brodie helps leaders and managers from professional and technical backgrounds to get the most from teams. Learn more 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.