Good teams are often made up of great people. Great teams may also have great people on board, but the strongest, most cohesive, high-performing teams are always more than the sum of their parts. And they all include at least three team characteristics for successful teams.
When teams accept each other, trust each other, and engage in open, communicative behavior, it encourages growth. Working powerfully and efficiently together like this, as a cohesive unit, success is inevitable.
If you’re a Team Leader facing team issues, bringing your team to this level of success may feel impossible. But Right-Minded Teamwork’s 5-Element process can get you there.
“Togetherness and one-mindedness are key elements to an average team doing extraordinary things. [Right-Minded Teamwork] provides a roadmap to use in building a team that works.~ Alan Kleier, Former GM/VP, Chevron
Common Team Issues and Challenges
On the way to greatness, every team faces challenges. During times of growth and change, a team relies on its leader for guidance.
But managing a variety of roles, positions, and personality types while keeping everyone moving in the same direction in the face of change is no easy feat.
As they grow, teams often struggle with:
- Lack of trust among teammates
- Poor communication
- Missed deadlines
- Ineffective team meetings
- Lack of transparency
- Lack of participation
- Difficult or poor decision-making
- Absence of team cohesion or lack of team identity
If your team is experiencing growing pains, take a deep breath. All you need is a clear, straightforward methodology designed to produce results.
You need Right-Minded Teamwork.
Establishing Team Goals
Goals provide direction and a way to measure progress and success. Without clear goals, team members may falter, become distracted, or fail to fulfill their role on the team.
That is why goal setting is the very first step of the Right-Minded Teamwork process. According to RMT, there are two types of goals every team should consider: business goals and psychological goals.
In order for a team to succeed, each team member must first know, understand, and choose to align with the team’s overarching performance goals.
All team members must also know, understand, and choose to align with the team’s interpersonal, behavioral, and communication goals.
By clarifying and communicating both business and psychological goalsA team’s psychological goals describe how teammates intentionally choose to think and behave as they work together to achieve their team’s business goals. More, all team members are offered a level playing field. Recognizing the value of each team member to the whole allows each individual member to contribute fully and willingly, no matter their role.
Team Characteristics of Successful Teams
In addition to goal setting, Right-Minded Teamwork offers three specific solutions for Team Leaders: Work AgreementsA Work Agreement is a collective teammate promise to transform non-productive, adversarial behavior into collaborative teamwork behavior. More, Team Operating SystemsRMT’s Team Operating System is a six-step, 90-day, continuous improvement system that organizes team functions to increase the likelihood of achieving customer satisfaction. More, and Right-Minded Teammates.
- Work Agreements are short documents written collectively by the team that explains how team members agree to work together. They guide the team by providing a set of clear expectations around team member performance and behavior.
- Team Operating System outlines a team’s processes and procedures, clearly defining roles, responsibilities, and how the team will reach its goals.
- Right-Minded Teammates view their team’s success collectively. Everyone supports everyone else because group success requires a high level of individual performance. They are truly Right-Minded Teammate THINKERS.
Used together, these tools can turn any team around.
Taking Your Team to the Next Level
Is it time for a change on your team?
Whether your team struggles with decision-making, communication, or trust, Right-Minded Teamwork can help. Time and time again, RMT has proven its ability to create thriving, effective teams.
RMT’s simple and effective 5-element model will have your team on the same page in no time.
Ready to surpass goals and exceed expectations?
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