HR specialist Catherine Baxendale takes a look at some ideas on how to help you progress a team, once you’ve started building it. How do you achieve a fully functioning high performing team, whether you’re an entrepreneur or running a team in a larger organisation?
1. Recognise the team strengths and weaknesses and seek to create a balanced profile
Watch out for falling into the easy trap of recruiting and promoting team members in your likeness. This can be dangerous on many levels to create an homogeneous clique. i.e. this can create divisions with the rest of the organisation, you can become vulnerable to discrimination and accusations, and you can be blind sided by the same issues.
Make a conscious effort to understand the make up of your team using simple team diagnostics.
Based on business needs and organisational stage, some skills may be more relevant than others. It is worth considering what are the critical skills and behaviours needed to deliver the team’s business and organisational objectives.
However, most teams need some elements of: Creativity, analysis, planning and organisation, implementation, completion, review, communication, customer focus, financial control, commercial acumen and technical skills.
You need to recognise the strengths you do have, and work out which skills can be developed with the current resource, and which skills need to be brought in by new players.