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Expectations Equal Great Teams

Setting Expectations Equal Great TeamsExpectations Equal Great Teams

Expectations equal great teams because your team knows exactly what they are supposed to do and why they are doing it.

It is one of the key ingredients to creating a team that works together towards a common goal of success for everyone.   Keeping this idea in the front of your mind “Expectations equal great teams”  will greatly assist you if you are struggling to create an effective team.  I would highly consider applying  these strategies to your leadership abilities.

Team Members as Contributors

Encourage your team to become active participants with ideas and expressing their opinions.  Doing so without fear of reprisal or being ignored.  This is your opportunity to gain trust and allow your team to feel valued for their participation, unique talents and ideas. Even if the answer to their idea is “No” or “Not Now”. Let them know you are listening.  The whole idea is to allow them to be a part of the solutions and ideas, not just a simple cog in the wheel of commerce.

Team Members expected to communicate with each other 

Once team members know that their opinions and ideas matter, give them an open forum to communicate with you and each other.  Do this through regular, purpose driven staff meetings that are not just  “bitch sessions”.   Create an atmosphere of collaboration and participation.  Make sure that they understand that it is their responsibility to share ideas, express opinions and communicate in such a way that supports each other,  improves procedures and other issues.

 Mutual Cooperation 

Help your team members to actively coordinate their efforts.  This helps them realize the value of each individual’s hard work and contribution.  In this day and age, there is a tendency to work and live inside of a bubble.  Even with all the technical communication tools out there, it still feels as if we all work alone.  If they actually experience collaborative efforts that succeed, they will soon recognize that working together improves results overall and allows for creative solutions that can only arise from group efforts.

 Expect team members to problem solve.

Team members must learn that they are active players who can overcome obstacles and get things done correctly and efficiently.  This means helping your team to articulate issues; stay focused on the problem, not personalities and personal feelings.  To find  common language as well as utilizing Critical Thinking Skills  to deal with inevitable challenges that can arise daily.

Critical Thinking Skills include;
  • Step 1      Define obstacle.  Identify an acceptable goal
  • Step 2     Analyze and explore the alternatives
  • Step 3     Choose a solution. Plan its implementation
  • Step 4     Apply solution and monitor the results
  • Step 5     Evaluate the final result
Expect team members to be teachers and learners

Create a work culture where team members share expertise.  So often there is an attitude of “It’s not my job to train or assist co-workers.”   As the leader, it is your job to create an cultural environment that rewards assisting with training new hires and openly sharing personal expertise and cross training current employees.  This sets a standard for everyone to follow and feel as if their participation is appreciated.  When your team ultimately understand that continuous learning has high value for them and the whole organization, you are well on your way to creating a great team!

Apply these ideas to create a team that performs well and has a set of standards to follow when making independent decisions.

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