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One of the most important hiring criteria for many companies is the ability to work as a team player, yet creating a team is a challenging process.  Working with team members that you have a good work relationship can make work fun!  It can boost morale, which increases productivity and leads to better results.  

Teams are made of different people with different opinions, ideas and thought processes.  Find out ways to put together this collaborative culture so that you can create a more functional, balanced and successful company.  

Set team goals. Use timelines, plans and structured content that clearly define current and future goals for the team. All the team members can share a distinct point of view.

Strong leadership: It is important to have an efficient leader who can exhibit exemplary behavior. A good team leader is one who gives importance to team goals over his individual goals and is capable of showing direction and ensuring that the team members remain focused.

Foster a creative environment. Allow team members to brainstorm in an open, non-judgmental framework that embraces the team’s diversity.

Build cohesion. Create a means of communicating that allows for easy workflow, establishes a distinct set of priorities and makes all colleagues feel included. Keeping everyone on the same playbook enables team members to focus and flourish.  Reward each other in private and in front of the entire team!  

Visualize ideas. Provide team members the opportunity to use visuals to clarify and share their ideas at the simplest level. You can do this with anything from rough sketches to full-scale presentations.

Break down barriers. Using multiple channels of communication such as email, phone and text messaging can ultimately create barriers to successful collaboration. Agree upon and enlist just one channel that allows the team to communicate efficiently and effectively.

Execute. With all of the focus on idea creation, don’t forget the most important step: acting on the good ones. Nothing will kill employees’ desire to create new ideas faster than a failure to implement existing proposals.

Effective teamwork allows individuals to use their strengths and benefit the company as a whole!


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