Team Building Strategies



Team Building Strategies That Work

There are many number of outlines for team building strategies that work. These outlines often enumerate the top 3, the top 5, or top 10, or even the best 20 team building strategies you can employ. Most of these are sound strategies, and if there is a best one, number two probably isn't far behind.

The reason for this is that most of the strategies put forth can be boiled down to a few topics, a common denominator if you will. Whether you are building a business, an organization, or a football team, most of what is outlined below will point the way to success. We'll look at these common topics, not from the standpoint of team building strategies for a business, but for a sports team. That may be more fun and relate to more people.

Set Goals - One thing is to set goals. Setting winning as the goal is admirable, bit falls way short. A team has to have the desire to win, but even more important is the knowledge as to how to go about doing it. Just wanting to win isn't going to cut it on the football field if you don't know what you're doing and the other team outweighs you 20 pounds per man. Setting goals means setting a goal for each team member, that fits in with the goals of all the others, such that the when everyone meets their individual goals, it leads to winning performances. Goals have to be measurable. Charts, graphs, and numbers are used in a business environment. In a sports environment, measuring how a team member is performing or progressing is sometime more subjective. Subjective or not, team members need to now where they stand.

Have A Plan - You have to have a plan. For a sports team this doesn't just mean game time strategy. Having a plan encompasses strategies, learning assignments, and learning techniques. Who does what, how do they do it, and when do they do it. The plan applies to not only the players but the coaching staff as well. Involve the band and cheerleaders as well. School spirit pays a big role.

Make Assignments - Responsibilities have to be assigned, and the consequences of not meeting those responsibilities have to be understood. The goal here is that everyone on the team carries their share of the load. Like strategy, understanding responsibility isn't just limited to game time only. In encompasses everything from training, to conducting one's self in a manner that casts a favorable light on the team as a whole.

Conflict Resolution - Team building also has to address conflict resolution. A team of any size is going to have one or two difficult people, or people who just seem to like to go against the grain. Getting those people on the team, and having them want to be on the team can sometimes be quite a challenge, and dropping them from the team, while it may be easy, is not necessarily the better approach.

Good Communication Is Key - In some ways, communication is the biggest thing of all. No matter what plans, strategies, or measures are put in place, if communication channels break down, team building strategies can often go for naught. Sometimes team players are taught never to question their coaches (bosses) and maybe at times for good reason, especially when the coach is somewhat of a tyrant and really not interested in team building skills so much as a winning record. But there still has to be communication between coaches and players at some level that is not just one way. Asking questions is, and always will be, the best way to learn. It is not uncommon, when a program has not been successful, the coach is fired and it is the made public that good lines of communication were lacking.

Summary – Team building strategies include setting goals, having a plan, assigning responsibility, getting people to work together, and keeping communications open. This applies on the sports field, the executive office complex, and even in the mail room.