Teams are formed to ease the work pressure on the individual and achieve the targets within the desired time frame. In teams, individuals share responsibilities among themselves, help each other to accomplish a complicated task. The team members must be comfortable with each other and be a little more flexible and adjusting.
Bringing individuals together is easy, but making them perform is difficult. Giving them task is easy, but expecting the best from them is tough
Lets go through the below example.
When a cricket team loses a game of cricket, we often hear people saying The batsman did not understand what his fellow batsman wanted to communicate, ran for a run and got out
There was poor coordination between the bowler and the fielder
The batsman was actually more interested in completing his century rather than winning the game
The fielder was lazy and could not save the run
What do the above factors indicate?
They are actually the various hurdles which prevented the cricket team to win the game.
The barriers to team building restrict the team members to perform and eventually their performance goes down and the organization is at loss.
Let us understand the various barriers to team building and the methods to overcome them:
Mike never wanted to have a team meeting in the morning as he had to first drop his son to school and then his wife to her office. The agenda of the day could never be discussed and everyone worked on their own sweet will. Mike was more concerned about his sons school and wifes office. They are important but not at the cost of ones office. Nothing ever productive came out of Mikes team as he himself never really was serious about his work. For the maximum output, the team members must think of their team first and everything else should come later. One has to respect his team as well as his organization to expect the same in return.
For a marketing team the goal is to generate revenues for the organization and every one including the team leader has to work towards it.
John, Ali, Kate and Ben were part of the sales team in an organization of repute, but Kate was more interested in helping the operations team. She was never too keen in marketing activities and accepted it just because of pressure from the management and the fear of losing the job. She was more interested in finding a place in the operations team rather than focusing on her work. Individuals should not accept responsibilities unless and until they are very sure about it. It is better to say a no in the beginning rather than troubling yourself and others later.
When a team is formed, the team members are almost new to each other. They do not know each other well and feel shy and hesitant. It is important to break the ice among the employees in the very beginning otherwise it becomes a strong barrier later. We are not robots who can start working just by the push of a button and work non stop without even talking to each other. Human Beings must talk to each other, discuss things among themselves and trust each other. Dont always assume that everyone is jealous of your work and will harm you. Trust people, it will reduce half of your tensions.
One should never forget the objective of his team. Adopt a positive attitude and always strive hard to give your level best without worrying about who is dating whom or who is bosss favourite?These things does not matter in the long run. Behave nicely with everyone and avoid being rude. Be a little more involved in your work.