Unifying a team is hard, and sometimes everything you try just does not work. Supervisors may fight the team because they feel like they no longer have all the power. Workers clash because they do not want to upset a coworker or they simply do not feel like it is their job to hold each other accountable. All of these scenarios cause tension and stress. In order to have an effective team, everyone needs to be on the same page. We will discuss some simple strategies that will help unify your team.
Creating a mission statement directs your team to the key areas in which they will focus. A mission statement is a long-term vision of what your team wants to accomplish.
It should answer the following questions: What is the purpose of the team? (services, wants, products or customer
needs) Who is the team for? (customers, clients or target group) How will we accomplish our goals? (activities, approaches or methods) Why was the team created? (purpose and values)
Setting goals is another way to maintain the focus of your team. Goals give you achievable milemarkers in which to
strive. Goals must:
- Be crystal clear
- Not conflict
- Have quantitative and/or qualitative measurements
- Be monitored
There are three main focuses that your team will possess. The focus you choose will affect your mission statement and your goals. The three focuses are: maintenance, limited, and aggressive.
The maintenance focus is content to stay the way they have always been. They see no reason to change. The limited focus dwells on what they do not have. They say “What can we do? We have no money, power, time, products, etc.” The aggressive focus aims at ways they can improve. They want to be bigger, better, faster, more productive, etc. In order to be successful, managers must be willing to share power and responsibility. Some managers have trouble delegating, but to have an effective team every member must be utilized. Managers must also be willing to encourage a coaching atmosphere. Team members will flourish when they feel like they are supported and mentored by upper management. Having a praise and reward system will also promote harder and more productive work.
Dr. Keith Mathis, founder and CEO of The Mathis Group, specializes in Project Management, Management Leadership, and Marketing training for private businesses and government agencies of all kinds. He offers 33 Project Management courses, is a Project Management Professional, is certified by the Project Management Institute and will customize every training session to your individual company’s needs. The Mathis Group also sponsors www.pmexpertlive.com, which is a powerful project management resource with free reports, podcasts, videos, and a monthly newsletter. He also offers customized management training and coaching on any subject with prolific communication and professionalism.