Life Coach Ritu Singal specializes in team building training

Team Building Training

Business is a people activity. As an entrepreneur, you have to deal with all kinds of people – buyers, suppliers, vendors, sellers and of course, your own team. Though an effective team is central to the success of any business, it has assumed an even greater importance in today’s  knowledge economy. In knowledge-driven enterprises, a good team is not only indispensable, but is also irreplaceable to some extent, unlike machines and materials in manufacturing. Hence, prime importance is given to building, nurturing and sustaining a good team.

Team building training is all about providing the skills, training and resources your people need towards achieving organizational goals in a harmonious and well-coordinated manner. To be truly effective, it must be a continual process, embedded in your team and the organizational climate.

Getting off to a good start: Identifying Team Needs through Team Building Training

The foremost thing in team building training is identifying your team’s strengths and weaknesses, which you can find out by asking the following questions:

  1. Do certain conflicts between/among some people create divisions within the team?
  2. Do my team members need to know one another better?
  3. Do some members harm the group by focusing on their own goals and results?
  4. Is the team’s progress affected by poor communication?
  5. Does my team need to learn to work together, and not individually?
  6. Is my team in need of a morale booster?
  7. Does my team need upskilling in specific areas to stay updated?

The specific training activities will help you address the problems these questions bring out.

Making Team Building Part of Your Culture

You can use the following strategies to develop your team strength, and effectiveness:

  1. Understand Your Team

People have varying different needs and personalities. Know them, and help them know each other to build a happy team. Attending social events is a great way to build relationships as people open up more easily in a relaxed setting. Sharing some aspects of your personal life increases your likability, as it shows you are empathic, compassionate and authentic.

  1. A Shared Goal

Rally your people by inspiring them to follow a shared vision. A clearly identified destination can prevent people from pulling in different directions.

  1. Strong Team Skills

Your team has to develop the right skills to achieve its goals. A skill matrix can be a good start, with which you can audit your team members’ abilities and training needs, and match their skills to specific roles to create a more capable, motivated team. Remember, people learn best through daily hands-on experience.

  1. Connect virtually

With more people working remotely, you could be managing a virtual team, which makes it hard to build rapport among them. Your remote team members might feel isolated, so they will welcome opportunities for socializing “virtually,” improving skills and having fun, too! The key to effective team building lies in how its members communicate rather than in the technology they use.

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