We often refer to groups, organizations etc as our “team”, but are they really a team? Teams need dedication and training. Here are some ideas to focus on when turning your group of peers into a functioning team.
Train, study and train, prepare, and train thoroughly, endlessly.
Strive to maintain individual stability and unit integrity; keep the same leader as long as possible if they’re getting the job done. Needless changes disrupt teamwork.
Emphasize use of the “buddy” system.
Never publicly blame an individual for the team’s failure nor praise one individual for the team’s success.
Provide the best available facilities for training and make maximum use of teamwork.
Ensure that all training is meaningful, and that its purpose is clear to all members of the staff.
Acquaint each individual of your staff with the capabilities and limitations of others, thereby developing mutual trust and understanding.
Base team training on realistic, current, and probable conditions.
Insist that everyone understands the functions of the other members of the team and how the team functions as a part of the whole.