Thu 18 Oct 2007
Success comes with true team culture - and working together can develop this culture in any small business. As a business owner, you should make some effort and enhance your business' culture to be successful. A business with a good, supportive culture helps teams to share their experiences as well as create value.
An organization needs shared experiences and knowledge transfer for growth. Without knowledge transfer and success sharing, it is difficult for a group to work together, share a vision and achieve specific goals. By creating some common goals, you can develop a positive team culture.
Communication Strategy- The management team should always support a common vision and always remember that this requires clarity and precision. This can only be achieved through effective communication. You need to make sure that your management team is open to communication and reaches out to all employees.
Avoid Competition- You should always encourage team spirit and ensure that individual skills complement one another, rather than compete with each other. Try delegating responsibility and authority around team leaders to handle various tasks. Keep an eye out for employees that have ‘star potential' and mold them by using coaching and mentoring strategies.
Team ownership- Enhance ‘team ownership' and allow each individual employee to voice their opinion. Make sure that authority and accountability always accompanies responsibility.
Trust- Try to build trust among your team members by acting as their coach or mentor. Yes, you are their boss — but try to relate to them as a colleague as well.
Off-site team building activities should always be encouraged. From time to time, arrange social gatherings, trainings and other outings, as this builds trust and binds the team together.