Building Teams With Spirit

By | March 12, 2008

Last weekend presented plenty of opportunities to study team dynamics with both positive and negative outcomes. The FA Cup quarter finals provided a string of shock results with underdogs claiming wins in three out of the four games.

Sports teams do allow us to see real team dynamics in action in a concentrated and public format which isn’t so easy to observe in the workplace. For a football team to succeed each player must be individually talented and both Manchester United and Chelsea fielded some of the most talented players in the world, with some individual players earning more than the whole opposing team. Yet there’s more to team success than individual talent.

Caring about the outcome has a major impact on the individual inputs from each team member, and whilst “There’s no ‘I’ in team”, you can’t spell team without “M E”. Each team member needs to be very clear about their role and take personal ownership for their performance, whilst trusting their colleagues to do the same. The manager needs to provide clear direction, along with a goal that all team members share. Having a captain on the field that can reinforce that goal and keep the whole team focused on it increases the chance of success.

We have worked with organisations across functions, industries and national borders to create highly effective, cohesive, performing teams that make a real difference. To talk about how your organisation can develop its team effectiveness contact us.

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