What is the first step in developing a successful team?

We asked some of our top Experts for advice on “What is the first step in developing a successful team?”. Here is what they said:

Expert advise from Scott Hendison Be positive. Communicate your needs and expectations clearly, and when the task is complete, review and reward their efforts with a “thank you” for a job well done. I’ve found that it’s more productive to catch your team members doing something “right” than it is to catch them doing something “wrong”. – Scott Hendison

Expert advise from Michael Fleischner A successful team begins with a clear understanding of needs and then defining the individual roles that need to be met. Recruit with a specific role in mind and a team-focused “can do” attitude to achieve unlimited success. – Michael Fleischner

Expert advise from Charles Parten Have a defined team ‘purpose’ and a defined ‘leader’ that the others will follow; Once those are clear to all members, then call out these factors… goals, objectives, timing, roles of each team member,what team is known as [football team, business strategy team, etc]. – Charles Parten

Expert advise from Millard MacAdam First, carefully select each team player. To do this, determine the specific criteria for competencies, character traits, commitment level and team player abilities needed by each team member to effectively fill each position on your team. Then thoroughly assess the relative strengths of each team member candidate. – Millard MacAdam

Expert advise from Richard Gee Your successful team has to understand 3 actions. Firstly what success will look like once they hit the result, so paint the picture of success for them, remember visual pictures are 87% of the understanding, secondly create a Vision of the steps you will lead them as their leader, explaining the path or journey you will take to ensure they get successful, and thirdly reward good behaviour on the journey, when one of your team members excels praise, talk and encourage repeat performance to be repeated. Successful teams have great leaders who recognise the potential of each team member and drive their Vision. – Richard Gee

Expert advise from Lourdes Elardo-Gant There is no first step that fits all. It will depend on the personalities involved in a team. I used to believe that I have a participative style of management. However that won’t work if the individuals involved in the team have strong personalities. Therefore, an authoritative style will be more effective and productive. On the other hand, success in a team is almost always guaranteed when there’s a common vision. I’ve always believed that if there’s a goal that a team needs to achieve, the sum of the parts is better than the whole. – Lourdes Elardo-Gant

Expert advise from Kim Freedman The first step in developing a successful team is to get to know your team members. What are each individual’s strengths and unique talents? What role fits each person best? What skills do they need to develop to make a greater contribution to the team and to advance in their careers? Create an development plan for each person and meet with them regularly to review progress. – Kim Freedman

Expert advise from Rene Zamora Getting your sales management mind right. Very often it’s a managers/owners limiting or negative beliefs about sales people and hiring that actually contribute to continued underperformance. Own up to your beliefs and change them before moving forward. – Rene Zamora

Expert advise from Patrick T. Malone Define a clear measurable goal, hire/build a team that co-owns that goal, remove any obstacles standing in the way of achieving that goal, give them the needed resources and get out of their way. – Patrick T. Malone

Expert advise from Robert Whipple I have studied working teams for decades and have concluded that there are four common denominators successful teams share. They are: 1) A common goal, 2) trust, 3) good leadership, and 4) a solid charter. – Robert Whipple

Expert advise from Jessica Ollenburg The first step in developing a successful team is the creation of successful organizational culture, mission, model, leadership and ethical climate. This foreground must include creation of communications and vision, as well as, a well-aligned blueprint for talent acquisition, development and engagement. – Jessica Ollenburg

Expert advise from Craig Klein The first step to building a successful team is to clear envision and define the core values and goals of the team. What goals will they have as a unit and individually? How will they work together? Then find and develop people to fulfill that vision. – Craig Klein

Expert advise from Monique Flaherty The first step is clearly defining your team’s mission and vision. What are you here to create? What is the vision for your project? Successful teams know what they are gathering to do, believe in the mission and are motivated to work towards accomplishing it. – Monique Flaherty

Expert advise from Pat Mussieux The first step in developing a successful team is knowing who you are, why you (your business) exists – and where you’re going/growing. You must have a clear point of view so that you can communicate your message, not only to the public, but consistently to/with your team. Then you can recruit people who would be in alignment with that. – Pat Mussieux

Expert advise from Jayesh Menon Mutual respect, Trust and, willingness to be there for the team when they need you most is the key to creating a successful team. This combined with understanding of the strengths and weakness of each team member will help you further the team performance. – Jayesh Menon

Expert advise from Scot Cockroft Determine the attributes that are needed for each position on the team. Then find people that are the happiest as they operate in those attributes. For example if you need someone that is detail oriented. Make sure you find someone that is happiest when they can organize the details. – Scot Cockroft

Expert advise from Suzan St Maur In my experience the most successful teams are those in which each member has a discrete, particular skillset that fits into a complete jigsaw of talent and experience. This avoids internal competition, promotes mutual respect and provides a motivating, inspiring, level playing field. – Suzan St Maur

Expert advise from Malla Haridat Before you start developing a successful team, I encourage you to assess your own leadership style and skills. People want to follow a leader that they can believe in. So before you write one job description, write your own personal job description and incorporate your values, your weaknesses and the company mission. – Malla Haridat

Expert advise from Justine Parsons 1) Reach out to your network. 2) Talk to prospective candidates. 3) Check references, follow up on any testimonials and look at portfolios or recent work. 4) Trust your instinct. Personality, ethics and enthusiasm are more important than skills. The right personality will apply themselves to your team dynamic 110%. Remember, skills can be taught – personality cannot. – Justine Parsons

Expert advise from Debbie Laskey In order to create a successful team, invite employees to volunteer. Then capitalize on the positive energy embodied by those volunteers by asking them to recommend others to join the team. This creates an environment of camaraderie, trust, support, engagement, and community. – Debbie Laskey

Expert advise from Chris Majer The first step in developing a successful team is understanding that a team is a commitment based phenomenon and not activity based. Once you grasp the significance of this shift you then learn to manage the set of commitments that constitute and hold the team together. This opens a whole new world of possibility! – Chris Majer

Expert advise from Sandra Baptist Well the best way is to find out where you are weak and find someone to fill that gap! Who do you need first? I’m suggesting a personal assistant for your business. Start to delegate tasks that take up your time. It’s all about getting the support YOU need right now so you can focus on growing the business. – Sandra Baptist

Expert advise from Steve Jay What are the major tasks that your small business needs? Is it Accounting, Marketing, Design? People love to be specialists. Hire the right people, and concentrate on doing what you do. Give these specialists the ability to make decisions. – Steve Jay

Expert advise from Skip Weisman The first step in developing a successful team is identifying the team’s goal? It starts defining the team’s ‘Championship Game Vision.’ The first day of training camp team begins every sports team’s quest to win the championship. Businesses need to define their own inspiring, compelling ‘Championship Game Vision.’ – Skip Weisman

Expert advise from Sean Glaze Whether you are creating a team from scratch or seeking to develop an existing group of individuals into a stronger team, you will want to begin by identifying the team goal, defining and filling required roles, and then bruilding relationships and deeper connections amongst the group to improve communication, trust, and accountability. The 5 steps of team development are outlined on my website in more detail, and can be successfully implemented to turn any group into a more productive team! – Sean Glaze

Expert advise from Piyoosh Rai Demonstrate through actions that you have each other backs. That is going to lead to the development of trust that is an irreplaceable part for any successful team. With trust, there should be truth. Be open and truthful to each other. And the most important of all: listen. – Piyoosh Rai

Expert advise from Melyssa Moniz Assuming an individual is wanting to develop a successful team, I believe the FIRST step is to decide to be a world-class leader. Teams need to be led, they need structure, a vision, accountability and a role model. The kind of leadership that the team is created in dictates the level of success the team will have. – Melyssa Moniz

Expert advise from Leonard Scott The first step in building a successful team is to establish trust between the team members. One approach is to establish a management compensation committee team that describes, evaluates, ranks, and sets the pay for jobs. This democratic approach goes far to establish trust and teamwork in this management team. – Leonard Scott

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