Remember these 5 words that create a great team

Coming together is a beginning;
keeping together is progress;
working together is success.

-Henry Ford

1. Leadership:
For a team to work well together there needs to be a person in the leadership position. Someone who will motivate, inspire, and make sure everyone is moving in the right direction. Be certain everyone is on the same page about who is leading the team.

2. Clarity:
There should be a clear understanding of the purpose of the group. What are the team’s goals? What is the team’s purpose? What are we striving to accomplish? Having clarity will make it easier for people to stay on track. It sounds simple, but you’d be surprised how often and easily people will get off track.

3. Responsibility:
Each member needs to have a clear understanding of what they are responsible for doing. Everyone should know what their job is, when it will be expected, and what the parameters are to work with. This is another common sense tip, yet my experience has shown it’s necessary. Take time to define each person’s roles and responsibilities.

4. Feedback:
This is very important as people begin to share their ideas in the group setting. It should be supportive and whenever possible positive. This will help to create a comfortable environment where the team will take chances and be more creative. Learn how to give and receive negative feedback and criticism in a professional and respectful way. It is amazing what people can accomplish when they believe in themselves and are confident in the group.

5. Diversity:
This is the most important one. Having diversity is what makes a team stand out. Support the differing strengths of your teammates. Allow each person to bring their unique qualities to the project. There can be some incredible surprises when we are open to doing things in new and different ways. Provide a safe environment that supports alternative ideas and out-of-the-box thinking. People often have a way of surprising you when they have room to be themselves.

Use these five teamwork tips to make the most out of your sessions and get your team to work well together. An inspired and confident team will be a successful team.

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