How do You Select Members of a Team?
Many will agree that people are the most important asset of an organization. More importantly, however, is how well those people work together to accomplish a common goal. Whether a company has
thousands of people working in various locations worldwide or just a handful working in one small office, teamwork is vital to success. So, how can you ensure that your teams are performing at their fullest
potential? How do people contribute to the team differently? Have you built effective teams?
To begin answering these questions, you must learn how to really understand each member of the team to
identify their work style and how it compares to others in the group. You also need to look at the inherent
strengths that each person brings to the table. Not their expertise or their background, but those things they seem to be good at just because that is who they are.
Once you understand the team members, you can not only build a team with the most effective combination
of strengths, but you can also learn how to leverage each individual’s strengths for a dynamic team that
works at its highest potential. Only then will teams reach goals that have been unattained by individuals,
work at levels of productivity no single person can achieve or impact the bottom line more effectively as a
group. In fact, maybe we should revisit the assets of an organization. Perhaps TEAMS are more important
than people on their own?
A Senior Vice President for a Technology Company discovered the importance of using assessments to assist in selecting a diverse yet functional group to lead a very important company project. His first attempt had been a failure because he selected a team consisting of passive and non results oriented individuals. His second Team consisted of a balance of results oriented, active, detailed, persistant, and influential individuals that produced the project in record time, within budget and a quality product ( as described by their customers.).
To learn more about using assessments in selected or evaluating Team Effectiveness, call me at 901-757-4434. We have been implementing assessments within team for over eighteen years with outstanding results for our clients.
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