How to build an effective team?

Team building is the latest buzzword. No matter the size of the organization, everyone is jumping on the team building bandwagon. But what is really team building? Different people seem to have different answers. In a nutshell, team building is really about creating high performing teams who can move the proverbial mountain and deliver amazing results for an organization. So how do you build such an amazing team and how do you ensure the team continue on this trajectory of high performance and high productivity? In my previous article, I laid out characteristics of high performing teams. Today, we will talk about some of the activities that leaders can implement to build high performing teams and instill the teamwork and can do attitude. There are several consulting companies both big and small who have made a career out of various team building activities and have a slew of activities that…

Characterstics of High Performing Teams

Have you ever been part of a team where you got along with everyone, enjoyed the camaraderie, felt like you could rely on every one of your team member and that they could rely on you? If you have been part of such a team or are part of the team, how does it feel like to come to work every day? What is your and team’s productivity like? Does the office feel like a second home? Now contrast this with a team that doesn’t trust each other. Everyone feels the need to look over their shoulder and all the communication is guarded? Have you ever been part of such a team? How did it feel to come to work every day? What was the productivity like? Studies after studies have proven that the high performing / highly motivated teams are the ones where the team members can trust each…

You Hired a Wrong Person. What Now?

You advertised your position, went thru the interview process, followed the checklist and checked off all the checkboxes. You feel good but there is this nagging feeling that something isn’t right. You ignore it and make a job offer. After two weeks or so, your new hire starts. You introduce the new hire to your team, take him or her to the lunch and generally feed good and relaxed. Couple of weeks go by and the nagging feeling you felt before making the offer is coming back strongly. You realize something isn’t right but still can’t figure out what? Another week goes by and you’ve slowly started to realize that you hired the wrong person. But it is still too early so you ignore it. Another couple of weeks go by and it is now evident that your new hire is not going to work out. You see the same…

The Annual Performance Appraisal Ritual

Do Performance Evaluations Matter? In most organizations, performance evaluations are an annual ritual that managers and their direct reports go through uncomfortably and then take a sigh of relief once they are complete. Most managers and employees equally dread the process of annual performance appraisal. The reason isn’t because they don’t see the need for performance assessment and evaluation, but because hardly anything good comes out of it. Now, don’t get me wrong, several organizations take it seriously and make it a worthwhile exercise but it is not true across the board. So, what can you do to make it a beneficial exercise not just for the employees but also for the organization? Performance Appraisals should not be an annual ritual Make performance appraisals more of an informal check in throughout the year. For example, you can have short monthly / quarterly appraisals that not only assess previous month or…

Are your Employee Motivated?

A happy worker is a productive worker. This sounds like a cliché, but it is very true. Employees that truly enjoy the work environment are the most productive. Are Employees in your organization happy and do you encourage a culture of openness and collaboration? Studies after studies have proven that while money is a factor, it is not the only factor that motivates the workers, especially the knowledge workers. As Daniel Pink (Drive: The surprising truth about what motivates us), Peter Drucker (The Essential Drucker) and several others have pointed out, the money is definitely a motivator but only up to a certain point. Once the monetary rewards reach a point where money is no longer a concern, the workers start to look for something more meaningful. So, what can you do to keep your employees motivated and high performers? Below are the few key steps that the Organizations and…