Effective Team Building
Part 1 - Another Brick in the Wall!
The first in a series of articles giving a slightly different viewpoint
on effective team building, condensed from an original seminar presented
by the author, John Roberts. John is a Freelance Training Consultant and
director of JayrConsulting Ltd. Part 1 deals with selecting and building
the initial team. The ideas expressed are personal opinions built up from
many years of experience in the Electronics/Aerospace industry, the Armed
Forces, the Telecoms industry and the Training industry. There is no suggestion
of this being a 100% solution applicable to or workable in all situations,
but it is aimed at getting people to think outside of the norm and question
the ‘normal’ way of doing things.
The first thing that is needed before you can recruit and build a team for you project is an expert ‘brick layer’ or REAL Team LEADER! ( Not a manager/coordinator or facilitator). This doesn’t mean someone who happens to have been in the company the longest and is thought due for promotion. It doesn’t mean someone who can write good reports and do all the administration properly – it means someone who can LEAD PEOPLE! This is someone who can control, cajole, coerce and do anything necessary to get people to perform at their own best whenever it is required, at the same time gaining respect from those around them that they have to deal with. They don’t bully, shout or ‘use their position’ to get things done, people respond to them naturally and TRUST them. It’s NOT a promotion, it’s another type of skill and you should look for this type of person in all levels of the organisation.
You can teach anyone to play the piano, but not everyone can be a top concert pianist – it is just a skill that some people have and not others. Leadership is exactly the same – you can send someone on a ‘Team Leaders’ course and they will be able to go through the motions of team leading, but what you should look for is a ‘natural’ – someone who has the ability to really LEAD people.
If no one of your present employees stands out as having this ability – look outside for someone. It is not worth compromising on this all important position – remember you need someone to put that wall together effectively to get the best results!
The team leader should then be tasked with putting together the team – selecting the strengths that are needed from individual people and making sure that their weaknesses are covered by other people in the team, so that you are putting together the ‘stone wall’ with all the members supporting each other. As the team is growing, all of the team members should take part in the recruitment and interviewing process – after all they will have a feel for how someone will fit in with the rest of them. Giving everybody some responsibility for how the team is put together gives them all a stake in its success.
From the start there should be honest and open communication between all of the team members and the team leader. There should be no need for ‘Annual assessments’. The Team leader should be aware at all times how their team members are performing in various areas, and in an honest and open environment the team members themselves should be aware of any shortcomings and work towards solving them. A good team actually need very little maintenance input from the Team Leader and should very quickly become self-supporting, just like the stone wall.
So, if you are considering building a new team, try approaching it in a different light. Think of the people, the skills you want individuals to have – not the skills they don’t have, the overall skills that you want the whole team to have and how they all fit together to give you a solid foundation. Choose a proper ‘Team LEADER’ to maintain it and put contemporary ideas of ‘assessments’ and ‘competencies’ behind you! (Don’t tell your HR manager this, unless they are lying down in a darkened room!)
Team Building part 2 – Honesty is the Key! Will focus on the running of the team once it is built and will be published shortly
John Roberts is a Freelance Training Consultant and Director of JayrConsulting Ltd. http://www.jayrconsulting.co.uk
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