As globally accepted business trends and principles change and evolve over time, it is essential that organisations are able to adapt to meet them. Failure to combat forthcoming obsolescence and stagnant practices will hinder the organisation’s ability to attain goals, growth and expansion. Current market conditions dictate a necessity to move away from traditional matrix structures to a more military like, network of teams.

The question then is how to build a network of dynamic teams? It is a process that doesn’t happen over night but the good news is that there is an innate desire in all of us to be part of a great team. It requires a consistent and collaborative effort, involving all team members, to mould a team that will consistently deliver through thick and thin. Being part of a team at this level is amazing and something you will cherish and remember forever.

Although there are many steps to building great teams, here are 5 things you should include if you want to build a powerhouse of dynamic teams within your organisation:

  1. Start with your culture. A dynamic team is a product of a well-formed organisation where beliefs and principles are intact with that of the entire company. Nothing drives people to collaborate more effectively than a common cause. A clear mission allows teams to align more easily with each other.
  2. Define all of the roles, clearly. A team will not be successful in its pre-stated goals if there is confusion or ambiguity at any stage. Make sure that all team members have clearly defined roles and responsibilities. Implement a robust set of KPI’s and expectations and then empower people to achieve those outcomes. If every member of the team fully comprehends and understands their goal, and role, then work done will be aligned with the output projected.
  3. Be open and transparent. Trust is the primary prerequisite of team success. Openness and honesty are the building blocks of trust. Along the road of organisational success there will be frequent hindrances to meeting the goals and objectives of the business. Communication is the only way to combat these obstacles. Consider roles like ‘Liaison Officer’ to ensure that communication is a constant, 2-way, open channel.
  4. Simulate winning and losing. Expect changes, all the time. Creating projections will facilitate realistic goals and heat checks along the journey. Use data, feedback and metrics to produce estimates and yields to ensure that you remain on track, and adjust if necessary. Chasing unrealistic goals if one of the biggest de-motivators in business and life.
  5. Reward and give feedback, continuously. Give credit when it is due and do not forget to give appreciation to those who are doing great. We are all human and under the right circumstances we all aspire to do our best. Reward and recognition reinforces our desire to give our best – a whole industry has grown out of this fact. Manage underperformance with robust performance management principles if necessary.

Towards a dynamic team is a long journey that can be tough at times. But it is always attainable if you have the support of all your team members and are prepared to implement the essential steps required.

The rewards of success are amazing and memorable.