Following The Basics Can Help You Build A Cohesive Team

Princey Wilkins
March 12, 2018

“A business is only as good or as bad as its people!” Does this line sound familiar to you? An organization is made of its people, but a successful organization is made up of cohesive teams and building cohesive teams is what most organizations struggle with. What most organizations fail to do while building cohesive teams is following the basics.

 

Sometimes less is more and when it comes to building solid teams, basics is certainly the way to go and following are some basics with the help of which you can build a strong and cohesive team.

 

1. Carve out a goal for the team

 

Having a defined goal for the team helps them in realizing their individual responsibilities. Hence helping them perform better and smoothly together.

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2. Resolve conflicts without a delay

 

When you collate a team that comprises of distinct strong personalities it is only apparent that there will be conflicts. The nature of conflicts can range from creative, professional to personal, however, how are these conflicts treated and when are they treated is what becomes crucial for a team.

 

As a team-lead you need, to be able to identify a conflict and address it without a delay to ensure unhindered operations.

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3. Identify a communication channel

 

It is always better to have created a flow of communication rather than relying on freestyling. This will not only save you from tons of error in communication and but will also solve the issue of communication gap and timely problem-solving.

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4. Focus on team building exercises

 

Team building exercises play a definitive role in building a cohesive and happy team. You can either indulge in some group activities indoors or organize a team dinner/lunch to help develop a bond between team members.

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5. Go on field trips together

 

Educational or work-related field trip for a team doesn’t just help in imparting a new set of skills in the team but also helps create unison. A team that travels and learns together is likely to perform better than the teams that don’t.

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6. Do not entertain blame game when things don’t work out

 

There are times when plans or projects don’t exactly work out the way you or your team pans them out. However, blaming one individual or the team collectively for it only brings down the morale of the team. Hence, avoid blame game and practice effective problem identifying system.

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7. Celebrate achievements together

 

Celebrating achievements and target accomplishments together brings a more personal touch to the team and improves their overall interpersonal relationships. Share a fun and have some fun with the team and you will see the difference that it makes.

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8. Practice equal treatment for every individual in the team

 

Being biased or showing a different attitude towards a few team members is sure to break the team apart and create a whole bunch of issues. Treating everyone equally is the key to making your team members feel secure and happy.

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9. Communicate as much as possible

 

Communication is without a doubt the most important way stone in the process of constructing a cohesive team. A team that doesn’t communicate well will never be able to succeed or grow. It is also essential to note that the communication of team-leaders with their teams is as important as communication within the team.

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10. Celebrate the diversity of your team

 

Diversity brings a whole new perspective and fresh take on. A diverse team has so much more to learn from each other, which is another reason why diversity in a team should be celebrated.

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