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5 things that only the best teams do.

18th September 2017

The benefits of working in a team, far outweigh those of working alone. Workload can be shared out, different skills are applied, there’s a boost to morale and team-building – the list goes on.

But there are a few things that only the best teams do, which is highlighted by the likes of Google, Apple, Facebook and many more (I’ll add some links of evidence to this at the bottom of the blog).

What the best teams do:

Work towards a common goal.

They have a clear vision and strategy to achieve that vision. Great teams know and understand their goal, and the organisation’s goal. They are aligned and work to achieve it. Everyone moves in the same direction and works together on their journey.

Make decisions quickly.

A lot of the time, decision-making is the thing holding back progress. This could be due to many factors. Plans going missing, requiring approval from the powers above, or no one wants to take accountability, or simply a fear of failure. Whatever the reasons, teams who can’t make decisions, or delay decision-making, don’t flourish. Don’t worry about failing – in fact, fail quickly, learn from it, and move on.

No egos, and no attitudes.

One of the main benefits of working in a team is that everyone brings different knowledge and skills to a project or task. Great teams know what each other’s strengths are, and give the right people the right task to do.

Collaborate.

Even though we said above that the right person should be assigned the right task, that’s not to say input from others should be ignored. Enabling effective collaboration is at the top of many agendas, because organisations know the importance of it, and how it can the pivotal to their success. As Helen Keller once said, “Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much”.

Communicate clearly.

This sounds obvious, but it’s actually more difficult than you may think. Effective communication is fundamental for team work. It can be hard enough to communicate with your team members who are in the office, especially if it’s a large organisation, let alone communicate with remote employees, who are out on the road, or work from home. Remote employees can often feel isolated, and undervalued, as well as find it difficult to contribute and collaborate with their colleagues. Eric Schmidt states in “How Google Works” that when it comes to smart creatives, physical location matters more than ever. This is why many countries all over the world are trying to recreate the technology magic of Silicon Valley. But we believe that the right technology can help your remote workers communicate clearly, without the need for them to always meet in the same location.

Final thoughts

Teamwork is the glue that keeps employees together. It’s a bond that promotes unity, support, and success. They encompass the very spirit of an organisation. And an organisation should do everything in its powers to facilitate and enhance teamwork, by putting the right technology in the hands of their team.

There are many tools out there that can help make your team one of the best out there. Collaboration tools, communication tools, wireless presentation tools, even all three combined!

References:

  • After years of intensive analysis, Google discovers the key to good teamwork is being nice - Link
  • Inside The Creative Office Cultures At Facebook, IDEO, And Virgin America - Link
  • 7 Teamwork Lessons from Apple - Link
  • The Steve Jobs Approach to Teamwork - Link

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