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Working together as a teamWhen a team comes together with a common goal in mind, they focus all their actions on achieving a positive result. They plan, set tasks, bond together and go after what they want to achieve as a team. But just as important as working together during the project, so too is coming together after the team has failed.
In the last few days the nation has suffered bitter disappointment as the England Football Team were beaten in the semi-final of the 2018 World Cup. Whether you like football or not, you can still have great sympathy for not only the fans but also for the team. The result cannot be changed, but the team can re-group, analyse their performance and plan for the next tournament.
Winning is not guaranteedIts not the winning it’s the taking part, however the team still needs to come to terms with disappointment, sadness and regret when failing to reach a target. This can cause long term relationship problems within the team. By determining success versus failure based purely on the end goal ie winning the World Cup, the team may lose sight of the achievements made along the way. To overcome this a team should look at their performance against the bigger picture. E.g. England made it through to the Semi-Finals for the first time in 28 years, this is a huge achievement and shouldn’t be overlooked.
This is the same when working together on a business project, performance needs to be broken down into segments and stages and measured independently. Of course, there is the overarching goal, but by setting goals for each stage the team can measure achievements along the way. This information can be used as a benchmark to compare future projects.
Team unity is of upmost paramountThis is the same when working together on a business project, performance needs to be broken down into segments and stages and measured independently. Of course, there is the overarching goal, but by setting goals for each stage the team can measure achievements along the way. This information can be used as a benchmark to compare future projects.
To enable the team to function, everyone needs to know what they are doing and when they need to do it. If one person is unsure as to their role or their timeframes this can cause unbalance for the whole team.
Every team needs a good leader. It is the job of the team leader to motivate, unite and ensure everyone is communicating. Without a strong leader the team will have more reason to fail. The leader needs to bring structure, harmony and support to everyone within the team, throughout the project.
Team unity is of upmost paramountAt the end of the project, if the result is deemed as a failure there are certain elements to consider, such as:
Don't finger point – nobody deserves the blame. If you start as a team, then end as a team regardless of the outcome.
Take a review – don't delay and don't wait, bring the team together and go through all areas in a professional manner.
Constructive criticism – analyse the team, focusing mainly on the positives. As human beings if we hear 20 positive things and 1 negative, we always focus on the 1 negative. Don’t let your team walk away with a negative outlook.
Team bonding – take the team out on a team day out, have some fun and let your hair down. Praise the team for what they did do, rather than what they didn’t.