Team Effectiveness

Good teams become great with team effectiveness!

Team effectiveness depends on great teams having the same core elements.

Team Effectiveness

Team members who:
  1. Are self-aware.
  2. Understand their team mates.
  3. Have clear direction.

Knowing yourself is not an easy thing. Different cultures have very different approaches. For instance, British workers will typically be reserved about opening up in the workplace and discussing their innermost drivers. Tools like the McQuaig Self Development Survey will help individuals discover more about themselves and embed team effectiveness. This objective report focuses on strengths to guide individuals through an incredibly positive experience of self-discovery and action.

Once individuals have learned more about themselves, it’s time to look at team effectiveness. There is a fantastic opportunity for people to learn more about their team mates through our Effective Teams course. This one-day course will help teams identify their group strengths and limitations in a safe environment. Effective Teams  will ask teams to look at ‘What others love about us’ and ‘What drives others crazy!’. This simple exercise organises team members and brings them together using their strongest temperament traits. This helps open up dialogue and demonstrate how each group prefers to behave. There are no right or wrong answers here!

Clear direction is key

Team Effectiveness also depends on clear direction. This will often fall to the manager of the team and their ability to build credibility. If the organisation has done a good job of recruiting the right people into the right roles,team effectiveness has a much better chance of occurring. The manager will usually fall into one of two categories:

  1. Natural people manager – someone who has a natural flair for managing teams (i.e. assertive, empathetic, restless, and able to make decisions).
  2. Expert manager – someone who has built up considerable expertise in their team’s purpose (i.e. engineering, sales, medicine, etc.).

Both types of managers can lead a team to success. Both will have better team cohesion if their teams understand their strengths and limitations better.

Individuals will be happier, more motivated and successful if they take a small amount of time to understand what makes them tick. They will be a greater asset to their organisation and contribute to successful teams. Team effectiveness is dependent on their ability to understand others and how to motivate them. Ultimately, achievement is dependent on clear direction from a strong manager.

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