How to Build a Strong(er) Team
Apr 19 2019
When teams function well, success follows. Positive productive process goes a long way in creating positive productive outcomes. A healthy strong team balances skill sets and job descriptions with diverse communicators and personality types; creative thinkers generate ideas and inspire vision, strategic planners insure ideas align with goals and map process, facilitators excel at communication, act as mediators, and keep a group focused. Introverts often possess strong listening and discernment skills, while extroverts tend toward effective interpersonal and presentation skills. An almost infinite number of personal/professional traits and combinations exist. Each of us bring a myriad of qualities to the table that–when articulated, strengthened and utilized–can propel a team forward.
Tips from our Mentor Team
- Assessment tools: BEST Communications, DISC Assessment, Myers Briggs, Strengths Finder
“I first used Meyers Briggs 20 years ago, so when one of my teams suggested we all take it last year I was wary it wouldn’t have kept up with the times. I was wrong. It is just as helpful today. – Becky Splitt, Executive Chairman, StudyBlue Inc.
- Establish core values as a team, with a team, that you can reiterate regularly and call upon during times of conflict or difficulty
Karen Lincoln Michel, Publisher and Editor, Madison Magazine, takes a collaborative approach to team dynamics. “If I don’t have expertise in a certain area, I will seek out someone who does (on my team or in another department) and ask questions. I find that people appreciate being asked, and I’m forthcoming with my team to let the know I ran my idea past someone with expertise and this is how I incorporated feedback into the plan. We need each other to fulfill our mission, whether it’s a team project or a company goal.
- Brush up on effective communications basics with a group seminar on active listening, skills for having hard conversations, and/or conflict resolution.
- “Women of Color Get Less Support at Work. Here’s How Managers Can Change That” by Zuhairah Washington and Laura Morgan Roberts, Harvard Business Review
- Tips for New Managers
- Communication Tips
- Leadership Books and Podcasts from our Mentor Team
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