Best Methods for Motivating Teams

Motivating Teams – Granger Whitelaw

Introduction:

Working with teams, whether as leader of a single team or manager of several, is an essential part of a manager’s remit. Teamwork is rapidly becoming the preferred practice in many organizations as traditional corporate hierarchies give way to flat, multi-skilled working methods. This section is an indispensable and practical guide to leading teams with expertise, covering subjects such as defining the skills required to complete a project, establishing trust between individuals within a team, and maximizing the performance of that team. The section is vital reading for any one involved in teamwork, whether as a novice or as an experienced team leader.

This month we will discuss:

1) Understanding How teams work

Understanding How Teams Work

Teamwork is the foundation of all successful management. Managing teams well is a major and stimulating challenge to any manager, form novice to experienced hand.

1) What Makes A Good Team?

A true team is a living, constantly changing, dynamic force in which a number of people come together to work. Team members discuss their objectives, assess ideas, make decisions, and work towards their targets together.

A) Working Together

All successful teams demonstrate the same fundamental features: strong and effective leadership; the establishment of precise objectives; making informed decisions; the ability to act quickly upon these decision; communicating freely; mastering the requisite skills and techniques to fulfill the project in hand; providing clear targets for the team to work towards; and – above all – finding the right balance of people to work together for the common good of the team.

B) Analyzing Team Tasks

Successful teams can be formed by 2 to 25 or more people, but much more important than size is shape – the pattern of working into which team member settle to perform their given tasks. There are three basic methods of performing a task:

Repetitive task and familiar work require each team member to have a fixed role, which is fulfilled independently, as on assembly lines;

Projects that require some creative input require team members to have fixed roles and working procedures, but also work in unison, as when generating new products;

Work that demands constant creative input and personal contributions requires people to work very closely as partners. This style of working is prevalent among senior management.

Working Well Together

A team of manager’s discuses a new plan that has been put forward by a member of the team. All of the team members are free to join the discussion. Later, the team leader will assess the contribution.

C) Achieving Potential

There is no limit to the potential of a good team. Given an “impossible” task, team members will reinforce each other’s confidence as they seek to turn the “impossible” into reality. The collective ability to innovate is stronger than that of individuals because the combined brainpower of a team, however small in number, exceeds that of any one person. By harnessing this power, a team can go beyond simple, useful improvements to achieve real breakthrough. For example, in one company an engineering team was asked to double machine reliability. They thought it impossible, but went on to produce a plan that pebbled performance.

Working Towards Understanding Encouraging open communication and the free flow of information within a team ensures that each member is fully aware of the talents and experience available within the group.

Note:

Remember that team members must support each other Break long-term aims into short term projects.

D) Knowing Team Goals

Once a team has been formed, the next major step is to establish its goals. There is little point in having a team that is raring to go if its members are all pursuing disparate aims. Goal may very well change over a team’s existence: for example if a new product is being launched on the market, the first priority will be for the team to concentrate on research into its competition. If the aim is to improve customer satisfaction, the first goal will be to find ways to provide a higher standard of service.

According to the circumstance, teamwork goals might include:

Increasing the rate of productivity in a manufacturing company;

Improving the quality of production;

involving all employees in decision making process to increase job satisfaction;

Looking at working systems and practices to reduce time wastage;

Working together with customers to build closer relationships so that the need of the market can be better understood.

Improving Performance

In a survey of 230 personnel executives, the American society of training and development found that teamwork led to a substantial rise in performance in key areas.

Cultural Differences

Cross-functional, multi-disciplinary, interdepartmental teams are spreading fast in the west, having been established in Japan for many years. In some British companies, managers already spend half their time working in such teams; and the democratic attitude of many North American’s has helped them to adapt well to this way of working. Continental Europeans still tend to be more comfortable with traditional hierarchical systems, but increasing competitive pressure and the need for speed-your-market are now forcing change on mangers in many industries.

Note: Allocate a clear deadline for each of your projects.

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Granger Whitelaw founded the Rocket Racing League along with partner, Peter Diamandis in 2005. See more information at http://www.grangerwhitelaw.com/blog and http://grangerwhitelaw.brandyourself.com View all posts by Granger Whitelaw

22 responses to “Best Methods for Motivating Teams

  • Shelly

    I always wanted to be a leader and in fact I joined some leadership trainings and seminars.I am not planning to be a politician but I want to become a good leader, a leader that can lead its people without distractions and almost without error. I thank you for writing such informative article and I learned that managing teams well is a major and stimulating challenge to any manager, form novice to experienced hand, and I will keep this in mind.

  • Princess

    Being a leader is really hard especially when you have people that are hard headed and not following instructions efficiently and that is why in order to become a leader you should first have many experiences leading so that you can then counter move their actions. Anyway I also strongly believe that teamwork is rapidly becoming the preferred practice in many organizations as traditional corporate hierarchies give way to flat, multi-skilled working methods and that is why we should practice it always.

  • Lily Jill

    I like your methods here on motivating teams and as a businessman I would like to say that motivation is almost equal in a cooperative method because when you motivate someone you are making him also do on his highest efficiency and you are giving him confidence and also this is the best pointer of yours among some of your tips here that projects that require some creative input require team members to have fixed roles and working procedures, but also work in unison, as when generating new products. The main point is a high quality products and that is what that idea makes sense.

  • Clint

    Motivating Teams is like encouraging your people to be more cooperative to each other and also it also makes a little increase in a good side of your company. I may not so good with business and don’t have much knowledge about business and though I am not like you, I can say that being cooperative to any type of team will really make a good improvement and will make good results not only in business.

  • Vallerie

    I like this method being written in the article “Goal may very well change over a team’s existence: for example if a new product is being launched on the market, the first priority will be for the team to concentrate on research into its competition.”, being competitive is really what we must learn in business industry since all of the businessmen are very competitive because that is the best way in winning something and just like what they are saying most of the things in the world is all about racing and it’s all about race.

  • Keriba

    Team member’s potential is really the basic reason for this “Given an “impossible” task, team members will reinforce each other’s confidence as they seek to turn the “impossible” into reality.”, I think it is cool to do this though it might be hard to make a good result but what matter is that you are encouraging and you are helping your team members into developing their potentials.

  • Torry

    I like the idea of motivating team members on a team and I think it is pretty useful and pretty logical thing to do. I am a student and have experience to have a good feeling in a team that all the members are willing to do what they can do than to teams that does not have responsive members. I believe that the word “cooperation” is such a big word and I think it is very powerful because as also the phrase tells us that “no man is an island” it is also telling us that how good we are and how we can be more productive if we have team mates.

  • Luciana

    This is an encouraging and inspiring article for those teams out there that don’t have a team work and cooperation to each member. I know that if any team would unite they can accomplish a great thing because if many people will become one, they will become more powerful. I am much inspired and I think this article can become helpful too to others. Anyway it’s been great having read all of the lines of your article, thanks for sharing.

  • Mary

    Now I can see right here the advantage of having team members that work together productively. I think the comments make sense and some of it are about cooperation and related stuff and to think that some people have experience with good teams it is really logical that if you have good members in your team you will surely make a good result. I think above all mention in the article about teamwork, I think the most important that every member of any of each team must have a good attitude because attitude really counts and it’s a big plus for me.

  • Daff

    I think the best way to motivate teams is to make it fun and enjoyable to each member. Maybe going on a retreat and then discussing things on the work while also having activities will make it fun. People of the world always love fun and that is self explanatory because we are also like that. No one wants to live with no fun and that is just our nature and we can’t really do anything with that since we know we like fun that much. I like enjoying things that I want and that involves playing sports and doing my hobbies like reading books and surfing in the internet and I never get tired doing those things because those are the things that make me happy. I know each one of us have unique things that we like that makes us happy and some are in terms of sports including me.

  • Mario

    Such a nice and good compilation on motivations you have here. I agree to some of your words and lines here and I suppose you are really an expert businessman. I am not an expert businessman but I have a small business and I don’t deny and I accept that I really have lack of some things on business and some strategies since I am not really expert. I want to be expert but I think I have to encounter such difficulties in business in order to achieve great experience.

  • Mahmidh

    A good leadership leads to good governance. Leading is not just leading itself, as a leader you must think as a member, think what your members must think about you, and think something that your members will do appreciate. As what Peter Drucker once said, “Effective leadership is not about making speeches or being liked; leadership is defined by results not attributes”. Thanks to this article, I learned leadership skills with your blog, I suppose leadership at one time meant muscles, but today it means getting along with people.

  • Lushi

    “Motivation is a psychological feature that arouses an organism to act towards a desired goal and elicits, controls, and sustains certain goal directed behaviors. It can be considered a driving force; a psychological one that compels or reinforces an action toward a desired goal. For example, hunger is a motivation that elicits a desire to eat” I found that in wiki. That is why motivating is very hard and you really need to have a lot of effort in doing that and I admire your hard work in giving us these ideas.

  • Groldan

    Motivating teams is quite a new strategy for me in business. Of course I am also a beginner when we talk about business so I am slightly and slowly adjusting my capabilities and also thinking abilities to adopt how business works but so far I think I am having the grip on it since I think for me it’s my field of like and it’s really cool to think of it as my hobby. I am not really that cool in this field but I think I have the guts and also the confidence in running one.

  • Michael

    If you are leading the team through times, aim for better future: more pay, more fun, better working condition. Another way to motivate people or team is to take them to a lunch and have a out weekly meeting over lunch. This was I know that they must have a break for lunch and they get a free lunch . It is amazing how much information is obtained when people have had a good lunch.

  • Jelen

    Teamwork indeed can make a great difference among others “Teamwork is rapidly becoming the preferred practice in many organizations as traditional corporate hierarchies give way to flat, multi-skilled working methods”, even in not business even if don’t talk about company stuffs and things and even in school or in friends, teamwork really create big difference among others and in fact it is one of the most powerful things that people can do and we can call it as being unite.

  • Kornets

    The best way to motivate your teams or employees that I have experience is to exhibit flawless work ethic, leas by example. If you work your tail off to get the job done and exceed customer expectations, employees will emulate that behavior. Likewise, if you screw around, they’ll follow that example , too.

  • Marc Domor

    I think this type of strategy “Work that demands constant creative input and personal contributions requires people to work very closely as partners”, well work just fine for every business and company. It is important to make your employees or workers to work with each other in order for them to create much more productive output on work than being alone and I think that’s the reason behind why it is necessary to motivate teams inside your company.

  • Mark

    There aren’t many natural born leaders. Most leaders take responsibility for training themselves to be effective. Whether you learn from the wisdom of others or get insights from personal experience, becoming a more effective leader is about what you do, not what know.

  • Heberd

    Thumbs up for this, this is so true “Managing teams well is a major and stimulating challenge to any manager, form novice to experienced hand.”, since managing team is a hard task and it’s like you are controlling all of them to be one despite of their different attitudes and personalities. I don’t have that kind of ability but I understand how hard it is. I am pretty much entertained and also learned at the same time with this article of yours. Thanks, from Heberd.

  • Draf

    Wow! thank you for this wonderful article. When your employees do something awesome, whether it’s finishing a project three weeks ahead of time, figuring out how to streamline a process, or just talking down an angry client- you, as a manager, want to reward them.

  • Riley

    Motivating teams is very important since motivation is a psychological feature that arouses an organism to act towards a desired goal and elicits, controls, and sustains certain goal-directed behaviors. It can be considered a driving force; a psychological one that compels or reinforces an action toward a desired goal. I think you have your points here in your article and I would like to agree to that points of yours. There are situations in every company that really needs teamwork and we know that it is not easy to have a teamwork inside the company.

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