If you truly understand how your team should function, it becomes quite easy to design the team’s formation. Many times, this process is incorrectly performed in reverse order – sometimes by default. In other words, teams are formed with individuals who are available and accessible but then you are often faced with the difficult process of attempting to “mold” them into what you really needed to have done in the first place. This is seldom easy to do and can be extremely stressful most times.
There is a saying that applies to this subject. The phrase is “Form follows function”. When the intended function is known, the formation of your team becomes somewhat self-evident.
Entrepreneurs who understand our particular strategies will purposely design their teams differently than many other business people might. This is a huge advantage for entrepreneurs who are not “locked in” to a particular set of individuals and/or staff personnel.
Our strategy encourages you to begin the formation of your team by examining the functions involved and the necessary skill sets associated with them. By creating your team such that all of the essential skills required are already embedded within it, you will have greatly increased your potential for success. After having eliminated one of the most frustrating obstacles that entrepreneurs often face, namely being limited by an inadequate team, your likelihood for success will be much improved.
When you are forming your team, you must be careful not to focus solely upon the qualifications of your prospective team members. There is also a need to be sensitive to the culture of your team as it is being formed. In order for the team to work well together, the culture of the team has to be carefully analyzed.
Once the team begins to actually function on a daily basis, you will have a totally different “look and feel” to the team since it will then have to function as a working unit. It is important that you consider exactly how you wish your new team to mesh with your past and current clients and any other teams that may be involved.
Be careful to consider the individual personalities and respective social skills (or lack thereof) of your potential candidates since they are as important and just as critical as other skills. Sometimes, it can be helpful to use personality tests to help gain additional insight.
If your team as a whole is comfortable with each other and able to enjoy their interactions, their progress and their production is likely to be of high quality.
Once your team has been formed, it important that you provide the necessary directions and inspiration that may be needed. If you have accomplished your goals for the establishment of the team, you will benefit greatly by making sure that each team member has a clear vision of their role and its importance to the overall objectives.
It is also usually a very good idea to let each of them know that you will be as “engaged” in their efforts as much as possible and that you will be quick to provide them with feedback so that they are never doubtful as to their contributions to the team.
With clear goals, a definite understanding of their roles and their personal value to the team – your team should be ready to reach your objectives. Your role will then be to delegate properly so that the entire reason for creating this team will be realized. Good people with clear goals and ample motivation and encouragement usually translates to a very high rate of success.
This article was written by SDK Hunter Consulting Group
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