How to build a good team?

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The stronger the team, the better the performance. But how do you build a good team and what are the most important components for a team to function properly? A nice team excursion is fun, but that alone isn't enough. Team coaches at TheONE can advise you on how to build strong teams. Teams rarely emerge by themselves.

Get advice about creating strong and efficient teams from experts in the field, because there is always room for improvement. Do you have to deal with high staff turnover or a high disease rate? Then team coaching is definitely something for you. Here are a few tips and suggestions on how you can create a stronger team.

How to build a good team?

A good example of a strong team are the Rolling Stones that have been together since 1962. After all these years, they still seem to inspire and strengthen each other. But can the lessons we can learn from the Stones also be applied to larger teams or complete companies? Team coaches at TheONE believe so, because creating a good team usually comes down to a number of simple rules.

How to build a good team?

Even though forming a good team depends on just a few simple basic principles, the implementation of those principles is different in every situation. It requires leadership qualities and an appropriate hiring policy, because not everyone can function in every team. One of the ways to form a good team is therefore to start with a team scan.

Indicators that show how healthy your team is

In a team scan, various indicators can provide insight into how healthy your team is. Some of the dozens of factors can be excluded in advance. Usually only the most important indicators will be mapped.

What are the 5 most common team scan indicators?

  • The percentage of illness absence
  • The turnover of team members
  • (Complementary) competencies and qualities
  • Percentage of team members who mainly act or think (see also the Pitbull matrix).
  • Conflict frequency and intensity

Team coaches at TheONE can use their experience, during an intake, to quickly see which indicators are best mapped out within your team.

What are the advantages of a good team?

If a team functions well, you will save costs anyway by reducing staff turnover and absenteeism. But there is much more to gain with a good team. People are more motivated, more creative and more effective if the team they work in functions well.

What are the 5 biggest advantages of a good team?

  • More motivation, fun (at work) and creativity
  • Taking responsibility
  • Increased efficiency and better communication
  • More resilience in the event of a setback
  • Increased problem-solving capability and more innovation

The counterparts of less performing teams are numerous. Think of increased stress, burnouts, miscommunication, fights, carelessness and so on. If you suspect that there are problems within your team, consult a team coach. Maybe with a few tips or advice you are already doing a lot to form a good team.

What makes a team function well?

In order for a team to function properly, 5 basic rules of the game are required. Let yourself be guided by a professional team coach if you want to implement these basic rules of the game appropriately.

5 Basic rules of the game for a team to function properly

1. A clear vision and mission with a higher purpose than profit on its own.

People want to contribute by nature, but they want to contribute to something that they find important and that matters. Of course money or an income is important, but consider why someone wants to learn to play the guitar without earning anything. If you have a common (higher) purpose to which you all want to contribute, you create a unity.

2. The strategy must be clear and unambiguous.

The strategy is the step-by-step plan you go through to get somewhere. Within the strategy you take into account setbacks and alternative scenarios. If everyone is aware of the strategy and alternative scenarios and agrees with them, you prevent panic behaviour. Most of the setbacks are foreseen and as a team you can anticipate them.

3. Giving leadership and responsibility.

Good leaders know how to take the first step and let others follow. Not because it's an order, but because it's a logical step that motivates team members. However, the responsibility for one individual step always lies with the team members. Real leaders know how to delegate responsibility without imposing it.

4. Listen and respect

Within a good team, everyone can present his or her idea and that is listened to attentively. Every idea is considered and potentially enhanced by the team. For each idea and each suggestion the question is asked: "How does this inspire us". Only when no one is inspired by the idea is the idea rejected with respect.

5. Learning and continuing to learn based on feedback

With good teams, everyone knows what they are good at and what they are less good at. There is a constant loop of feedback to learn from. Something that someone is not good at is not seen as a weakness of the team, but as a point of improvement for the future. The lesser side of a person should get as much light as the strong points so that team members can grow. There is no room for egos or megalomania because everyone understands that nobody can be good at everything.

How does team coaching from a distance work?

Team coaches at TheONE basically work via the Live Video Link. This saves a lot of travelling time and therefore costs. You can see and hear each other and have a conversation where and when you want. Team coaches often become confidential advisors of team members. Thanks to the TheONE expert app for IOS and Android, team members can contact a team coach at any time to discuss what is bothering them or what they would like to see improved.

Contact a team coach on TheONE now and improve your performance in the shortest possible time.

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