Building a Successful Team

I was paging though the May 2008 issue of Kitchen & Bath Design News and came across an article titled, Suggestions for Inspiring Motivated Teamwork. I found it very interesting and a good reminder. Whether you are in a corporate, non-profit, small business, or service environment, teamwork is essential to the success of the organization.

In the article, Hank Darlington, points out the many advantages to building a successful team within your organization:

  • Employees working together are generally more successful at solving problems.
  • Being a member of a team helps people to feel more energized.
  • Teams can make constructive use of differences in expertise, experience and personalities.
  • Team members can work together to improve processes and reduce mistakes, waste and costs.
  • Teams give employees a sense of belonging and security.
  • Since most work requires the cooperation of employees, teams simply make good sense.

Successful managers set the tone for the success of a team through their actions and attitudes. Following are 10 ways to prepare your team for success:

  1. Give them a clearly defined set of goals and purposes.
  2. Let the team make its own rules.
  3. Encourage fun and a sense of humor on the job.
  4. Give employees the authority to make decisions and act on them.
  5. Be supportive. Do what you say you’ll do!
  6. Let the team find solutions to its problems without intervening.
  7. Allow team members to make financial decisions and create their own budgets.
  8. Expect ups and downs. Some projects will run more smoothly than others.
  9. Let the team set up a rewards and recognition system.
  10. Create and nourish team spirit and pride.

Building a successful team will take time and open communication. The longer teams work together, the more effective and comfortable they will become. Print off the lists above and use them as daily reminders of the importance of, and the goals to promoting a healthy team in your workplace.

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Posted in Business, Company on June 24th, 2008 by Angie | | 4 Comments

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  1. Nicole said,

    on June 26th, 2008 at 5:02 pm

    What an insightful article. All managers and employees should have a copy posted at their desk. Your employer is lucky to have such a great team member!!!

  2. Angie said,

    on June 26th, 2008 at 5:10 pm


    Thanks for your comments. We do have a great team here at PGC. Thanks for reading my blog!

  3. Martin Kebler said,

    on June 30th, 2008 at 3:24 pm

    Angie, After searching the web for countless hours to explore case studies, general articles, and research notes for my thesis, I came across your blog dated June 24th. It is very important to say, that, among Minnesotans we must remember that we strive to be the best of the best. If we remember that being the best is by collabrating all team members to build a successful team and vision we must do so. Having said that, I have employees that do not welcome communication and would rather talk in private or my e-mail or message notes. In my business, I added a suggestion box for employees to give feedback. I suggest you try a suggestion box for Paramount Granite employees that do not do well in teams. My current professor at Metropolitan State mentioned that team efforts drives up non-productive hours, I completely disagree.

    Respectfully, Martin

  4. Angie said,

    on July 1st, 2008 at 9:36 am


    Thank you for reading. I appreciate your feedback. We have also implemented many of the suggestions that you made. Good luck with your research!

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