Team Building for Entrepreneurs – Get Your Entire Team Pulling In The Same Direction

by Linda Feinholz · 0 comments

The average team takes weeks or months to gel into a smooth working group. You can have a high payoff team come together in 30-45 minutes, and work together smoothly.

That way your entire team’s productivity will soar as they work together. Not only will their effectiveness in the group improve, but also their independent work in your business.

One of the things I like to do is simplify the team forming process. Instead of elaborate team building exercises (like falling out of trees into each other’s arms) I encourage team building take place by focusing on a relevant business issue to solve.

I broke the team forming process down into simple steps: It’s C, B, A: Challenge, Back story, and Action plan

•    Lay out the business matter that needs solving in no more than 10 sentences
•    Have each person share where they came from personally and professionally that made them a fit for the team
•    Create a written plan of action with each person’s contribution to the issue and the target deadlines for each piece of work to be done.

This is not the time for speech making. It’s the time to describe the challenge, the game board that the team will be using and the objective of the game itself: what precisely needs to be solves.

The back story part is so easy. It’s one of the strongest moments in team building as it provides the background that everyone else on the team will use for relationship building. They get to hear each other’s way of speaking as well as the practical information that shapes each person’s credibility for being on the team.

It’s vital us use meeting agendas and written action steps to tie a team’s accountability to each other.

Some of you out there are used to pushing away from a discussion and assuming everyone will go off and do what was described. In reality, a written action plan is the only way to be certain that actions don’t get bumped to the back burner, or reinterpreted after the meeting, or forgotten altogether.

Use the C, B, A approach and your team will gel rapidly and stay on focus for accomplishing their target.

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