The Secret to Growing Strong, Successful Teams

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“The strength of the team is each individual member. The strength of each member is the team.”

–Phil Jackson

Just like players are critical in the game of basketball, employees are also the key to your business growth. Without solid talent, collaboration and teamwork, you won’t achieve success. To help cultivate talent and build strong teams, you should consider the following:

Keep employees happy and engaged: Employees must be happy and engaged in order to perform well. This comes from a strong company culture. Senior management should create a positive culture and set an example for the rest of the organization. 

Help employees grow: Because employees need to continually develop and grow, you should offer many different kinds of experiences. This will help employees become experts at problem-solving and thinking outside the box.

Foster consistent training & coaching: Improve employee performance via consistent training and coaching. Be sure to include role-playing, exercises, and feedback. Effective training can be a positive experience when training is challenging, applies specifically to daily tasks and offered as a regular activity. Additionally, management must be invested in all training outcomes.

Build trust: Business leaders should be invested in their employees and focused on building trust, collaboration, and teamwork. Always encourage a culture of “we.”

Promote from within: Employees who begin inside an organization and move up are more likely to be committed and motivated than those who are hired from the outside.

Lead your team: Take charge and lead by example. Inspire employees to do the right thing. Consider how best to keep employees engaged and challenged.

Encourage listening and brainstorming: Build an environment that welcomes communication, creativity and healthy debate. Help your team understand the need for open communication with managers, as well as with colleagues.

A strong team equates to business success. By investing time and energy into creating a community, you can build a successful business.