Organizational development can look like many different things. In this article, we will examine Teambuilding as a tool in organizational development.
What is a team in business?
People with a common and well understood purpose or mission. How about… people who are willing to communicate clearly and effectively. Or, people with a common commitment as well as unique concerns with clearly defined individual accountabilities.
Perhaps, people with an aligned agreement to produce their collective and individual accomplishments at some mutually agreed upon level of performance. People with absolute commitment to an environment allowing for a balance of communication, contribution and acceptance.
One more, people utilizing coordinated action in language to forward their common commitment to accomplishments, relationships fun.
Here are the essentials for teambuilding:
- In the beginning of a team or new project, remember to write out a purpose for the team. This will provide direction and be a reference point for the evaluations in the future.
- Set goals that each member will commit to.
- Coordinate ways to reach the goals.
- Remember that you do not have to be best friends or socialize outside of the office to work well together.
- Despite personality differences, treat employees or team members with respect.
- Consider that you may have more in common with those that seem the most different from you; after all, you are on the same team, pursuing the same goals.
- Allow different opinions to be heard because they often lead to exciting results.
- Celebrate progress and achievements of the team; establish a reward system.
- Acknowledgement and encouragement will do wonders for team morale and the accomplishment of a task.
- Remember that each team member has a life outside of the office.
- Discourage gossip. Or, be willing to say to others what you say behind their back. Remember the Snake poem!
The Snake that Poisons Everybody
It topples governments,
dispatches innocent people
to cry in their pillows.
Even its name hisses.
It’s called GOSSIP.
It makes headlines
Before you repeat
Is it true?
Is it necessary?
Talk about team building. Talk about organizational development. Ask your team what organizational development looks like to them. What are the key ingredients to form a proper team? Never assume that everyone is on the same page when in comes to what a great team looks like. You might be pleasantly surprised, or not.
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