Every day, companies use the term “grow”. How can you increase your market share, revenue or brand awareness? How do you seize this opportunity? Problem is, you are asking the wrong question. It’s not about how you do it but rather who can do it. Your employees are the key to business growth. How they work together is what will determine how your company grows. Your culture is shaped by your employees’ skills and attitudes. This will ultimately impact your ability to grow. People who bring out the best of themselves and others are essential to accomplish great things. These are 7 habits that teams that always strive for gold – and succeed.
Habit 1 – Adapts to Change
Companies do not fail due to changes in their environment. They fail because their employees are unable or unwilling deal with them. It’s similar to steering a ship through rough waters. The company captains can plot a new course but the crew must be able to execute new orders and continue on in the storm. Is your team resistant to change? Do they insist on sticking with an outdated map? Do they panic and try to row in all directions, losing their focus and structure and operating efficiency?
Jeff Boss, author Navigating Chaos: How to Find Certainty In Uncertain Situations, says that adapting to change and adapting as a team are the two most important things in today’s business age. Before your people can make any impact in their industry, they must be able to manage the uncertainty of industry and organizational change.
Habit 2 – Communicates Effectively
Ironically, even though it is easier to reach people via email, group chat apps and mobile phones, information overload has made it more difficult to communicate with them. Everyone knows how frustrating it is to scroll through emails, sit through interminable meetings, or go around circles due to unclear directions or ambiguous processes.
Communication is key to success. It means communicating clearly and at the right moment. Poor communication can lead to mistakes and delays which affect performance and profit. According to The Holmes Report miscommunication can result in a revenue loss of $62.4 millions per company and a loss of productivity cumulatively of $26,041 per employee.
Habit 3 – Takes Initiative
John Maxwell stated that leadership does not refer to a position. It is about the ability to influence others or make a difference in one’s own sphere. No matter what title you hold, you are responsible for the tasks assigned to you. You are proud of your job and your abilities and understand that you can’t let your team down if you don’t deliver.
If a team wins, it is not because of a superstar player. It’s because everyone brought their A game. This attitude can be instilled in your team members and will help you build a team that brings out the best in everyone. Ralph Nader said, “The role and responsibility of leadership is not to produce more followers but more leaders.”
Habit 4 – Innovates and Learns
Kodak. Toys R Us. Compaq. Compaq. They were unable to innovate despite having more resources, employees and, at the time, brand recognition.
Business is a moving escalator. “The world is changing around you. Customer expectations are changing. Competitors are always catching up to your business and threatening it with taking it away,” Jackie Fenn, a Gartner innovation specialist, said.
Teams that win don’t just meet deadlines today, but also look forward to tomorrow’s possibilities. They can reframe problems and find better solutions. They encourage their team members to exchange ideas, explore new approaches and take risks.
Habit 5 – Makes an Organizational Impression
Henrik Bresman and Deborah Ancona, both management experts, wrote in their book X Teams that it is dangerous for teams not to focus on external factors and how they can interact with them. It is important to have the ability to impact your company and industry. The book describes three key “phases” of the team: Exploration (or understanding the stakeholder), Exploit (move form ideas and opportunities to execution) and Export (handover work to clients or the marketplace).
Habit 6 – Creates a Culture Of Support and Safety
The “Trust Fall” is a popular team building game. You stand with your back to your partner and fold your arms. Next, you lean back. While your first instinct may be to jerk back if you lose your balance, this exercise forces you into a state of complete surrender and to trust that someone will catch you.
Team members must trust each other every day of their workday. They take professional and emotional risks when they discuss ideas in a meeting, ask for feedback or voice disagreements, or talk about how stressed they feel during lunch breaks.
While some teams might feel safe, others may not. For example, while everyone seems to get along on the surface there is a lot more passive-aggressive behavior and hidden politics.
To be successful, teams must have safety. Google’s Five Keys to Successful Teams Study found that trust-based teams were more likely than others to quit, to reap the benefits of diverse ideas and to earn more revenue. They also had twice the performance ratings.
This makes perfect sense. If you believe that even though you may disagree with one another, you are always on the same side it is easier to communicate, create and resolve conflicts.
Habit 7 – Manages Tasks Well
Talent wins games, but teamwork is what wins championships. Because they are skilled at managing their time and coordination, the best teams can consistently achieve their goals. Although they may make mistakes or encounter delays, they are able to recover from them.
Although there are many programs that can be used to manage tasks and projects, these programs can only provide a process and track the progress. The success of teams depends on their ability to plan, troubleshoot and coordinate their efforts. Too often companies invest in software but not in their people. Is there a real reason why a team fails to meet its deadlines and targets? Are they lacking in time management, goal setting, or problem solving? Are they lacking in communication or resources? Task management requires many skills and factors. Once teams understand and fix what is holding them back, they will be more productive and efficient.
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By: Edu Legaspi
Title: Built for Success: 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teams
Sourced From: grow360.com/blog/built-for-success-7-habits-of-highly-effective-teams
Published Date: Tue, 07 Jul 2020 08:16:00 +0000
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