Published March 2016
As a team building activity provider we often get asked how managers can improve performance and get more from their teams. So we’ve compiled a list of 5 key skills that the best teams can all demonstrate, and some useful tips about how to improve them.
1) Communication: One of the most important team skills is communication. Managers should communicate regularly with their staff and ensure that everyone is aware of the team’s goals and priorities. For great managers, effective communication is not about preparing power point presentations or pitching ideas in meetings; it’s about day-to-day interactions with colleagues and clients. By getting to know your audience you can interact with them more successfully, tailoring the content of your message and the style of your delivery.
2) Trust: Over time, great teams build trust from shared experiences. Demonstrating that you can be relied upon and creating a supportive and collaborative atmosphere creates a positive office dynamic. Possibly the most important step to building trust is be truthful. Set realistic expectations and ensure that you deliver on your promises. Consistency is also important. By being fair, reasonable and reliable you show your team that you have good judgement which in turn, helps to build confidence.
3) Understanding: Each individual team member will have their own skills, experiences and objectives. Understanding what motivates your colleagues is essential to developing a strong team. Personally can also play a key role too. When creating your team think about who you're including and monitor how the group interacts as it evolves. That way you'll not only make the best possible use of the strengths of each team member, you can also help to create a whole that's much larger than the sum of its parts.
4) Vision: Before embarking on a journey it’s important to have clear idea of your destination. By creating a shared objective you set a clear goal for your team to work towards and enable the group to set out a road map to achieve their aim. As a manager and leader, it's important for you to understand how to empower your team. When you enable your team to create a shared vision they'll be far more dedicated to the results because they'll have been involved in its creation.
5) Problem Solving: The best strategy for solving problems often depends upon the individual circumstances and may require both analytical and creative approaches. As managers you should encourage staff to take the personal responsibility for meeting goals and objectives. Allow your teams to put forward their ideas and inspire individuals to carry out research, suggest improvements and implement change. By taking these steps you'll develop decisive teams and individuals who don’t panic or give up when things go wrong but who'll seek a way around the problem.
By getting to know your teams and by encouraging your people to develop core skills, you can improve performance within your business. Our team building activities are designed to encourage and entertain your teams and to identify and improve these skills in a relaxed and fun environment. For more information about how our activities can help your business please contact us.
“The team really enjoyed the event and even the rain. What was great it brought out what we wanted, teamwork, right first time, managing ambiguity and leadership. Along with a lot of fun!”Alex Thornton, Marks & Spencer