Team Building

Today is #WisdomWednesday ๐Ÿคฉ!

A moment to share ideas to help you improve. Today I want to talk about team-building.

โ“ How to build an effective team?

It turns out, it's easier than you think ๐Ÿงต๐Ÿ‘‡

โ“ Let's start by answering, why do you need a team at all?

Whether you're building a new product or service, writing a research paper, or just experimenting, teammates will be invaluable.

Here are some non-obvious advantages to working with others rather than alone ๐Ÿ‘‡

1๏ธโƒฃ You are less likely to quit

On one hand, your teammates will support you when you feel like quitting.

On the other hand, you'll feel responsible for them, and also kind of guilty for letting them down, which will encourage you to suck it up and keep going.

2๏ธโƒฃ You are less likely to really screw it

Whatever the probability of discovering a very bad decision is, often is enough that someone else spots it and it becomes evident.

More people means the chance of missing a fatal flaw is quickly multiplying down to zero.

3๏ธโƒฃ You'll enjoy the ride more

There is simply nothing better than to show others what you've come up with.

Having a team means you'll always have an audience to showcase whatever dumb or smart idea you have.

โ“ Ok, but, what kind of team are we talking about here?

It doesn't matter if you have a tightly hierarchized organization or a very loose group of like-minded people.

You only really have a team if everyone in the team agrees that it is a team.

A team is a set of people with a single shared idea:

โญ Everyone in the team believes being part of the team makes them better than being alone.

โ“ So, how can you build an effective team?

Well, according to our definition, it seems pretty straightforward.

๐Ÿ‘‰ You just have to make sure everyone in the team wants to stay in the team, right?

So what does this mean? ๐Ÿ‘‡

๐Ÿ…ฐ๏ธ There is something only the team can give me

Maybe other members have skills I lack. Maybe it takes more than one person to achieve something.

In any case, there has to be something that I cannot do alone. Otherwise, I don't need the team at all.

๐Ÿ…ฑ๏ธ There is something only I can give the team

Maybe I have a unique skill, or maybe I just bring a different mindset, or maybe I'm the one who makes everyone laugh.

Whatever it is, I need to feel the team needs as much as I need the team.

๐Ÿค” As you can see, we haven't talked about common goals, strong leadership, or organizational methodologies. All of that is great to have, but not strictly necessary.

Here's why ๐Ÿ‘‡

โŽ Effective teams don't need a common goal.

We just need our objectives to be complementary to each other. While trying to achieve mine, I help you achieve yours, and vice-versa. In an effective team, the net force is positive, even if not all goals are aligned.

โŽ Effective teams don't need strong leaders.

A strong leader can be incredibly helpful, but the right leader for a given situation can be a different person. In an effective team, the right leaders naturally emerge when the task demands it.

โŽ Effective teams don't need explicit methodologies.

SCRUM and agile methodologies are great, but not strictly necessary. Every task may require a different structure. In an effective team, communication channels grow organically among members and the structure is flexible.

I started saying that building an effective team is easy. That was a blatant lie ๐Ÿ™ˆ.

Building an effective team is hard, very hard. But the benefits are even greater.

๐Ÿ’ญ Now share your thoughts. What are your experiences with teams you've been part of?

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