Across the world, corporate leaders enhance collaboration by organizing their workforce into teams.
However, organizing the workforce is not sufficient to give your business a competitive edge. Companies like Netflix, Alibaba, Patagonia, and Pixar rely on the effectiveness of teams to drive innovation. They focus on the importance of ‘getting the results and building relationships.’ Employees are expected to excel at both of these traits.
Your company needs to incorporate these 5 fundamental principles to help these teams operate at their best:
#1 Teams Need To Be Obsessed With Work
Your teams should be completely on board with the leader’s vision. Patagonia, for instance, is fully focused on creating durable products with minimal damage to the environment. If an employee is not as committed to this goal, chances are they will not contribute their best work to the company’s efforts of realizing this vision.
#2 Hire The Right Employees
Finding the right fit is extremely important. Assess the applicant’s compatibility with your company’s culture. After hiring them, put them through a rigorous training program that helps them to fully soak in the organization’s culture and vision.
#3 Prioritize And Eliminate Distractions
Are weekly team meetings and monthly reports necessary? Eliminate these distractions for your teams to help them focus on the vital priorities to make your company more competitive.
When the CEO of Netflix decided to move operations from DVD to streaming, the company kept its DVD business but ran it as a separate entity to allow the rest of the teams to focus on streaming.
#4 Create A Distinct Work Culture
What makes your company special? Patagonia encourages its employees to enjoy downtime by locking its offices at 8pm and all weekend. Some companies operate around the clock to give their employees flexible work timings. what makes your company culture special?
#5 Encourage Healthy Conflict In The Workplace
Innovative companies understand the need for productive conflict.
They allow teams to take risks and face criticism in a conflict-friendly culture. These teams criticism ideas, not people.
They also tend to fight only over major changes and avoid disagreeing over things that are not worth the argument.
In conclusion, are you able to direct your teams to better performance by paying attention to these best practices? If not, it could be time to reconsider if teams are crucial for your work. Sometimes, the work of teams is best carried out by an individual.
Sheevaun Moran is a business advisor, master coach, quantum energy thought leader and the founder of Energetic Solutions. She uses business principles with energetic techniques to help more than 25,000 entrepreneurs, CEOs and leaders bring instant focus and shifts to clarity, purpose, and profits.
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