Top 10 Skills for Building Winning Teams – UK


Harvard psychologist Richard Hackman, a preeminent scholar of team effectiveness believes that a team’s design is the most vital factor in building winning teams. “Get the design right, the theory says, and the performance will take care of itself.”[i] To have a good design, you need “clear goals, well-designed tasks that are conducive to teamwork, team members with the right skills and experiences for the task, adequate resources, and access to coaching and support.”[i]

 

The results of getting an efficient team together are better performance, high morale and professional development of all. For an employee, “working effectively as part of a team is incredibly important for output quality, morale, and retention.”[ii] To become a highly valuable part of a team, take a look at these top 10 skills for creating team synergy:

 

1  

Build a Team

 

 

Select the team type and build teams using the steps of forming, storming, norming and performing

 

2  

Create Team Synergy

 

 

Develop collaboration and cooperation in a team

 

3  

Team Communication

 

 

Establish team norms, build trust and put communication channels in place

 

4  

 Leadership

 

 

Identify your style, communicate with confidence and inspire others to act

 

5  

 

Listen Actively

 

 

 

Learn focused listening and asking questions to control and manage conversations

 

6  

Resolve Conflicts

 

 

 

Know how to find mutual requirements, identify needs and reach the best solution

 

7  

Manage Meetings

 

 

Learn how to plan and prepare for meetings to get productive outcomes

 

8  

Deal with Difficult People

 

 

Prevent issues from escalating, manage difficult situations and use the 3-step resolution process

 

9  

Deliver Criticism

 

 

Use the feedback sandwich method to offer criticism constructively

 

10  

Manage Diversity in Teams

 

 

Understand stereotypes, create an inclusive environment and put a system in place for diversity complaints

 

 

 

Sources

 

[i] https://hbswk.hbs.edu/item/the-importance-of-teaming

 

[ii] https://www.forbes.com/sites/quora/2013/01/23/why-and-where-is-teamwork-important/#6e6d6c2a287a

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