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Five Ways To Avoid Falling Into The Success Trap

Take Complacency Seriously

Success is often a sleeping pill. When your team is successful, be alert! Take signs of complacency like underestimating competitors, overestimating loyalty of clients, increasing internal bureaucracy, and decreasing investment in innovation, seriously. Share passionately that success can never be taken for granted, and act upon it.

Anticipate Change As Natural

Change is natural because it is the essence of any life cycle. The biggest challenge of leadership is not about protecting the status quo against decline, but about handling the different stages of growth. Successful leaders always anticipate change, even when others dont feel the sense of urgency. Change before you are forced to change. If external forces change you, it will be too late.

Learn About Team Diversify

Some people are used in exploratory activities (the beginning of a life cycle), some are best in making things tangible (the middle of a life cycle), while others are best in maintaining predictability (the top of a life cycle, where most profit is made). Make your team members conscious of each others strength and have an honest dialogue with them.

Harvest The Teams Strengths

When it comes to capitalizing on team strengths, decide how each individuals strengths can contribute to change. Adjust the role of each individual to complement what needs to be delivered, or adjust the task of the team to make the most of its strengths.

Be Consistent

Integrity and consistent leadership provide the much-needed centre of rest so that people in organizations have the courage to learn about and undergo constant change. Like in a family, learning is promoted by safe bonding, and safe bonding comes from consistency. So be a consistent leader. Know yourself, stick to your values, and be an example.

Putting Together A Winning Team

In today's  working world, teamwork is essential in managing organisations to increase productivity, efficiency, motivation, job satisfaction, creativity and customer-responsiveness. The achievement of, traditional teamwork can be astonishing: Whether it is a group of workmen in the construction industry, the cabin crew of a long-haul international flight or an administrative support group working in an office, team effort can produce outstanding results and outcomes that many managers dream about.

The Great Outdoors

Do people weed to be taught how to work as team? Yes and no. Learning how to work as a team often comes naturally and is the result of experience. The lessons of teamwork are best conveyed in the great outdoors. Whether it is rock climbing, rafting or canoeing, teams bond better after they have experienced activities in challenging environments. Members of a team learn more about the importance of "followership", leadership and communication in trying circumstances.

If you are a manager hoping to build a strong team, make sure you incorporate great outdoor adventures periodically in your work schedule Take a day off from work, bring your team to a park, beach or go out to sea - do something outrageously taxing and tough. You will be amazed at how quickly your team starts bonding if you engage in such activities every quarter.

Team Briefing

Team building also includes developing effective communication channels. A useful method of communication is team briefing, although many managers tend to overlook its efficacy. The term "team briefing" may have a military tone but there is nothing military about communicating with your team. It is used throughout the world in many different organisations and firms to achieve efficiency and competitive advantage.

Employees cannot be involved and cannot cooperate fully unless they know about the objectives firsthand and understand what is required of them. There is a "cascade" element in team briefing. It starts with the leader briefing his team who in turn briefs their respective teams and so the information cascades. 

A team briefing is the most natural way of building people into effective groups with synergistic performance. Team briefings also strengthen the manager's position as a visible leader of the work team. For team briefings to work, managers need both good oratory and presentation skills. So, develop your team briefing skills and put them to work.

Team Competencies

For effective teams to function well, they also need the right mix of team competencies. The team must consist of suitable individuals who can work well together under the leadership of the manager to produce high performance results regardless of how challenging the circumstances are. Recruiting and selecting the right individuals with appropriate team competencies is often something overlooked.

Each team must have a mix of shapers, implementers, critics, networkers, plants, team players and finishers, led by a leader, as defined by the research of Ms Meredith Belbin, an expert and advisor on organisations and teams. For example, implementers are practical organisers who bring self-discipline, reliability and efficiency to the team.

Critics, also known as monitor evaluators, exercise dispassionate analytical logic and keep the team on track. Plants, on the other hand, contribute original and creative ideas and often solve problems for the team. Team players promote unity, harmony, friendliness and sensitivity; and care among team members. The finishers concentrate on making sure the team is on schedule. Each team competency is relevant to ensure that the team has synergistic strength to complete tasks that often far exceed expectations.

Building successful teams is not easy. While training and development can help to improve and enhance team outcomes, successful teams have their origin in sound recruitment and selection processes. Ultimately, choosing candidates is not simply about skills and abilities but more importantly, about having the right team player in the right team.


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