6 Simple Steps to Build a Successful Team for Your Small Business
by Stacie Walker, Window Shopper
- Created: October 14, 2012, 11:09 am
Small business leaders and managers face problems such as personality clashes, communication breakdowns and difficulty in defining team member roles. However, there are a six simple steps that can be implemented to bring together talented people focused on working together to deliver a successful outcome. Here they are: *Step One: Outline the team's objectives* Within the team's objectives, there should also be a defined set of expectations, from the group as a whole and of each individual. The earlier this is set out and understood, the quicker the team can progress to deliver its objectives. *Step Two: Build a team with a variety of personalities* A successful team is often made up of different personalities that complement each other. It is important that a good mix of skill sets is brought together. *Step Three: Create a good working environment* While competition is healthy between team members, it must not impede on the successful completion of team tasks. Gaining team members' commitment is essential. *Step Four: Foster emotional connections between team members* Providing help and support to one another is important. Individuals who feel they can rely on their team members create good working relationships. *Step Five: Encourage open communication* The only way teams will be successful in delivering their objectives is if all team members talk openly, discuss any problems or conflicts and look to resolve issues (internally or externally) in a professional manner. *Step Six: Appoint an influential leader* All teams need a leader because this provides direction. If you have already started adding people to your business, do you think building a successful team is difficult? I would like to hear the communities feedback on effective team business. I hope this information has helped at least one member of the SBA community. Thanks.
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