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 Team Building Skills   

Team Building Skills are essential for your effectiveness as a manager. Molding a group of people into a coherent, synergetic team requires a good understanding of the importance of team building as well as a good attitude, careful planning and consistency.

Embrace participatory team strategies that value the uniqueness of every individual and deliver outstanding results.

This section offers a comprehensive approach to some team building strategies and  approaches that will enhance you team building skills effectively. 

Teams just don't happen - they need hard work and consistency to be built and maintained. The best way to make sure a team stays focused is to set goals and objectives.  Goals and objectives provide a framework of what is expected to be achieved within an agreed time-line. They also motivate people to achieve and feel recognized. 

Here are a few steps on how to set successful team goals:

Define goals and objectives and agree on them jointly with your team members. People feel more committed to achieve something that  they contributed and produced on their own.
Jointly identify indicators to measure progress. Try to set as tangible indicators as possible. The more specific the indicators, the easier  it will be to measure achievement. For intangible indicators agree on  a criteria that would equally apply to all goals.

Agree on realistic time-lines.

When setting goals, make them SMART, achievable but challenging. Stretching your team members potential is part of their personal development. Ensure, goals are realistic based on the capacity of each team member. Unrealistic goals are very demotivating.

Let team members plan and strategise on their own about how to achieve their goals.

Review progress regularly

Quick Tips on Team Building 

• Always be open to learn new skills and approaches on team leadership.
• Be aware of assignments and workload of each individual in the team and give them 
all an appropriate amount of attention.
• Be aware of people’s needs and motives – including your own.
• Customize your motivation approaches – remember not everyone is motivated by the same things.
•Give recognition wherever possible.
• Work as a team.
• Jointly set objectives with the team.
• Monitor performance by whether objectives are being met, and give recognition where possible.

More tips on Team Building Skills

Get to know your team members.
Encourage them to be involved and contribute in the planning and implementation process.
Facilitate their skill development. Be a coach to them!
Delegate wherever possible.
Recognize people’s achievements and contributions.
Make any criticism constructive.

 Free Team Building  Skills Resources

Free Team Building Activities                         

Team Building in the Workplace

Team Building Ideas                                   

Employee Empowerment

Employee Motivation Program

Team Building Strategies

 Ice Breaker Games

Management & Leadership Resources

Scores on the Board: The 5-Part System for Building Skills, Teams and Businesses

Skill-Building for Self-Directed Team Members

The Pfeiffer Book of Successful Team-Building Tools: Best of the Annuals

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