People talk about team building all the time, and how important it is to have good team building. But how about when you want to take your team building to the next level? Below are three processes that can help break down the entire team building phase to identify and resolve problems so you can up your team’s game!
1. Interpersonal Processes
These processes are all about managing relationships between team members. Whether you realise it or not, these processes take part in all phases of team building! Yes, it is that important, because it facilitates the heart of team building from how conflict is resolved, to motivating each and every team member.
The most important task of interpersonal processes is to consider the emotions of team members. Think about what kind of values you would like your team to have. Or how stress and time can be managed together as a team. More importantly, consider how willing team members are to compromise, collaborate and be transparent with one another.
Once you know where each of your team members stands (including yourself, of course!), think about what actions and activities can be taken to better your team.
2. Action Processes
Is it always all about the action? Yes! Action processes are those that lead you to your goal. What is a team without a goal, right? Simply put, these are the processes that help you monitor where you stand at currently, and how far away you are from reaching your goal.
For example, one way to gauge would be to make use of quantitative benchmarks. Say, perhaps, that your target customer base for the end of the month is 100. That would mean you should aim to target an average of 25 customers a week. So then, charting your weekly progress would be a good way to monitor your customer base throughout the month. However, do note that just because you are nowhere near the average of 25 in the first week does not mean that you will not eventually hit your target of 100 by the end of the month. The whole point of monitoring this is so that you can reflect on your progress – what has gone right during that week and what can be further improved on? Figuring this out will definitely help improve your team building, and which direction your team should head towards!
3. Transition Processes
These processes make up the backbone of your future goals, plans and activities for your team. Processes like this include making use of S.M.A.R.T. objectives – those which are specific, measurable, achievable, realistic and timely – and answering questions such as who, what, when, where, why and how when planning your future goals.
Do also take note to think about a contingency plan just in case! Working together, your team building will consistently be challenged in times when problems cannot be resolved, and therefore, it will be useful to have a backup should scenarios like this occur.
So what are you waiting for? Get the ball rolling and put your team building processes to work!