“Coming together is a beginning. Keeping together is progress. Working together is success.” –Henry Ford
In order to be successful in any endeavour, first and foremost you must ensure that you have the right people for the task at hand. Project management is no different, since even when you have all the right project processes and systems in place, without the right people to supervise and operate them, the effort to achieve success will be futile.
- Create the perfect team.
In an ideal world, you would be able to beforehand assess and select the people that would join your team to ensure maximum compatibility and team cohesiveness. In reality, that rarely is the case. Regardless, you can still minimize friction between team members by defining clear roles, responsibilities and goals to make sure everybody is moving in the same direction and no one is stepping on anybody’s toes. This can be achieved through a team kick-off meeting. In this meeting it’s important to establish clear communication channels for your team’s members so no information is lost and all stakeholders are always kept informed.
- Foster healthy relationships.
If you wish your team to be able to successfully work together over a long period of time, it is essential to help foster healthy relationships within it. Through a social event outside the workplace, in a less formal environment, the distance in hierarchy and/or physical proximity between team members can be shortened or even become invisible. This will enable them to come closer together in many ways and build a great amount of trust among them. Team-building events come in many forms, such as a pizza dinner after work or a 3-day trip at the beach. The key here is being creative with the resources at your disposal. It is best to hold the team-building event at the initial stages of a team’s formation, as to help bring it together as soon as possible, but it is also important to repeat them throughout the duration of the project in order to share lessons learned and reinforce trust and togetherness, which in turn will maintain productivity at a high level.
- Sustain your successful team.
Is your team doing a good job? Let them know! It’s very important to acknowledge team success to keep team morale and productivity at high levels. It is also very important to make sure to give credit to the person who deserves it, not the one who appears like he or she does the most work. Last but not least, always remember to frequently check-in with everybody on the team to make sure that any problems that may arise are addressed before they cause problems in performance.
The Mentor Group can help your company achieve all of the above with:
- Personnel assessment. With our state-of-the-art personnel assessment systems you can be sure you are adding the right people to your team.
- Team Building. By organizing a unique set of team-building activities, specially designed to suit your needs.
- Competency Mapping and Development. Identifying strengths and weaknesses of your team’s members and help them unleash their full potential.