Preparing your team for collaboration is one of the most significant factors in moving forward cohesively. And one of the common misconceptions is that teamwork comes naturally.
Example: Leadership may give a directive to “work together as a team,” but unless genuine cooperation is part of the mix, it most likely is not a true team effort with all parties engaged for the company’s benefit.
Can a business be successful without collaboration? Yes, but is it sustainable? First, it’s important not to jump immediately into the “blame game” when the team effort doesn’t go as smoothly as you had hoped. It doesn’t mean your employees are being difficult; it could simply mean they just don’t know how to come together as a group.
If that’s the case, great! It means you have the opportunity to provide them with the skills and tools to be better equipped. There are many third-party programs where you could bring in outside assistance, but there are other avenues to try first before you invest in those resources.
And, ALWAYS keep in mind that you’re dealing with people, not machines. There are many variables, and if you keep an open mind, you’ll find that bringing everyone together won’t be the battle you anticipate.
Outline the Goal
This part is placed primarily on leadership. Start with a smaller team-oriented task so that:
#1 it isn’t overwhelming
#2 once you fine-tune the process, you can duplicate it for more extensive projects