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Top Tips for Great Team Performance

Posted by admin on May 1, 2013

Tough times call for nurture as well as a push for results

When there is massive organisational change afoot, you may find you lose some of those well honed teambuilding skills.This is because you are concentrating on the figures, helping your organisation stay on its feet, and perhaps trying to keep your own job. Of course the figures matter hugely. However, difficult times call for leadership skills that emphasise and further develop the performance of your team.  This is a time for nurturing your team towards success.

Tips for maintaining team morale

1.  Remember that your team will work 'in the shadow of the leader'.  If you display stress and anxiety, their own fears for their future will be exacerbated and their behaviour will demonstrate their uncertainty. So show positive emotions, even when you are uncertain yourself. 

2.  You are all in this together.  Make it clear to the team that you are there for them whatever happens. You will keep them informed of organisational change as soon as you are able to do so. This is not 'you' and 'them' but 'all of us'. images.jpg

3. Ensure that team members back each other, help each other, cover for anyone falling behind. There is a time for competition among your people, but this may not be one of them! 

3.  Insist on open communication between team members.  In times of stress, people may think that information is power and that if there are jobs to be cut, then it isn't going to be theirs! Understandable, but this is short-term, self-centred thinking. The bigger picture is to make sure the whole team wins through. 

4. Remember this line from Gladiator, Maximus speaking in the arena: 

"Whatever comes out of these gates, we've got a better chance of survival if we work together. Do you understand? If we stay together, we survive." 

For those who have seen the film, it is clear what happens to those who strike out on their own. It's gory! 

5. Talk to each team member one-to-one at least once a week. Remind yourself (particularly if you are working with people from different cultures) that everyone approaches stress and anxiety differently. Some wear their heart on their sleeves; other may keep their feelings to themselves.  But everyone, including you, needs to know they really matter.  

6. Make every effort to influence organisational decisions as much as you can. Investigate the competition, research the international market, find references outside your organisation for best practice in your area and in change management.  Show the team that you are a mover and a shaker and ask for their support. This will really create loyalty and positivity. 

7. Ensure that your team members do not run themselves ragged. This means insisting on their getting home in reasonable time at least on some  days of the week, enjoying some downtime together and generally not risking breakdown.  The economic uncertainty is here for some time; no one can keep up a 100-hour plus week long term without damaging their health. 

Contact Impronta for a portfolio of teambuilding workshops that will keep your business at the top of its game.