Seven Great Reasons to Invest in Team Building
Effective team building is difficult. Dealing with individual egos and conflicting personalities is hard work. Some executives just don’t seem to get along with others. Some only seem interested in advancing their careers and may appear untrustworthy. Others simply have a bad attitude.
So why should you go through the labor of building an effective team?
Here are seven reasons to embark on this worthy journey:
Reason #1: Effective teams achieve better results. Fully functional teams drive toward compelling objectives and make them happen. Put simply, effective teams provide your organization with the ultimate competitive advantage. (This is reason enough!)
Reason #2: Effective teams create a more enjoyable workplace. We spend a large percentage of our lives at work. A more pleasurable vocation leads to a more enjoyable life. Executives on high-functioning teams enjoy working with and uplifting each other.
Reason #3: Effective teams conduct engaging and productive meetings. Meetings demand the majority of the executive’s time, but meetings are often a waste of time. Able to engage in spirited dialogue without a fear of conflict, effective teams creatively move toward a desired goal, leading to more productive meetings.
Reason #4: Effective teams increase morale. An effective team has many of the qualities of a harmonious family. With the genuine drive to support one another, effective teams stick together even in difficult times (both personal challenges and down economies).
Reason #5: Effective teams are more creative. Curtailing a lot of the bureaucratic nonsense that impedes many major corporations (think posturing and office politics), effective teams are more likely to innovate and arrive at more creative solution to industry problems.
Reason #6: Effective teams facilitate greater job security. As each team member works toward a shared vision, each executive strives to give his or her best work. When the team wins, the business wins.
Reason #7: Effective teams improve personal performance. In an open and honest environment, team members playfully challenge and keep each other accountable. Effective teams inspire the best in each of us. Increased performance is its own reward but also tends to provide financial benefits in the future.
Yes, building effective teams is difficult, but the personal and professional rewards for cultivating an effective team are beyond measure.