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5 Elements Of An Effective Team

“Together Everyone Achieves More”. You might have seen this clichéd way of explaining the concept of “team” on a motivational poster. However, it is only true to a certain extent. Just being “together” does not make a team successful. Below, we explore the 5 core elements of an effective team.

1) Trust & Respect

Trust is the foundation element of an effective and cohesive team. By placing trust on each other, team members have more to gain, such as saved time and effort. There is no wasted time to continually double check each other or to confirm with each other whether what is said in private matches what is said in public. Respecting each other comes with trust and all great teams start with this rudimentary principle.

2) Commitment

Every team member needs to commit to the team, the team’s decisions and actions. With commitment, members are more focused, engaged and productive. Accountability will invariably follow commitment. When people are accountable for their actions, they are mindful and understand how their own activities will affect others.

3) Understanding

An effective team knows each team member’s strengths and weaknesses. By accepting each other’s’ weaknesses, the team can increase efficiency by delegating tasks effectively. A close-knit team appreciates each other’s strengths as well and uses them to their advantage. With understanding, the team would be made aware of any skill gaps and this knowledge will initiate additional training or recruitment of new team members.

4) Diversity

If all the members in a team are exactly the same, there would be no sparks or creative inputs. An effective team needs to be made up of people of diverse knowledge and backgrounds. Deviants in a team are often seen as nuisances who will slow down the progress of a team. However, team members playing the devil’s advocate in a team is essential for the advancement and evolution of the team. Without alternate points of view, the team might stagnate. Engaging in healthy conflict is beneficial for the team and research has shown that resolving disagreements provides an excellent opportunity for strengthening the bonds between team members.

5) Good Communications

It all boils down to communications – the last core element of an effective team. A helpful technique in preventing miscommunication is the “closed loop communication”. When a speaker gives a message, the receiver will have to repeat the message, sometimes paraphrasing it in other words. The speaker will then confirm that the understanding of the receiver is correct. This technique can be used in written communications as well. By confirming information, disputes are minimised. Effective teams often ensure that all members speak, listen and connect with each other. Members should feel safe enough to raise concerns or contrary outlooks, with the confidence that their apprehensions will be acknowledged and attended to.

There you go, the 5 basic elements of an effective team. With these points in mind, building a successful team is easy. At CulinaryOn, we know that working together is challenging, that is why we have created awesome team building activities bordering around cooking. By cooking together, team members connect and develop these 5 core elements, thereby leading to an effective team. Contact us now for more details!

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