To build the winning team, you not only need to show people what direction the company is headed in, but you need to get them to "buy into" this direction. Otherwise, you can't expect people to support a group if they don't agree with where it's headed or, worse, don't even know where it's headed.
- Your vision for the future.
- Your strategy for getting there.
- Why this is the best strategy.
- Every achievement that indicates this team is winning.
Part of building the winning team is having some group meetings. Meetings, or even parties or celebrations, with as many people as possible from the entire organization, help build a feeling of solidarity throughout the organization.
Perhaps the most difficult part of building a winning team is encouraging positive, informal interaction between team members when you are not present. Here are some thoughts on this:
- Have team members take part in the hiring process of new team members.
- Assign specific projects for two team members to work on together.
- Try to arrange for close proximity of offices.
- Create an incentive-pay plan based on common goals such as profitability.
- Have a specific part of the salary review dependent upon "interaction with others."
- Take your team off-site for formal meetings as well as casual get-togethers to build a sense of bonding.
Here are some of the problems that can rip the team-building process apart.