RSS Team Dynamics: A Lesson

In organizations, individuals often place themselves above their team, developing competitive relationships with other teams or departments that are unhealthy and detrimental to organizational growth.

 As a leader or member of a team, how do you avoid dynamics that can negatively impact your personal and organizational growth? Today I will focus on three specific lessons that benefit team dynamics.

 First, re-educate your organization or department on the importance of teamwork.

 From individual conversations with supervisors to general staff meetings, it is imperative that no one feel they are carrying a heavier load than anyone else, and to address those issues head-on when they arise. Having an understanding of department work-cycles that can have an impact on the team psyche is extremely important. Be proactive; make sure each team feels internal as well as external support from the organization.

Second, allow each team and team member to share in each others’ success.

 I am of the opinion that individual achievement is optimized when every team member actively engages in activities that directly support their teammates. This is very difficult to do if the culture of a company is based solely on individual achievement. When there is a success for the team, all involved should be celebrated. Hey, it works in basketball!

 Third, organizational rewards should be based, equally, on knowledge, skill and value brought to the organization. 

 If two people perform the same daily tasks, does it mean they should be compensated alike? If a teammate works longer hours than you, should they be paid more? Internal jealousies often arise because leaders’ ineffectively tie a person’s compensation to the bottom-line value they bring to the company. If the extra time an employee works in fact creates value for the organization they should be compensated for it. But, if an individual is working longer because they are lacking effective time-management skills, for instance, their compensation should not necessarily be increased.

 In each of the areas above, there can be a tendency for negative perceptions to develop that could hurt the chemistry of a team or individual team members. Proactively addressing these possible team-challenges is essential to creating a healthy team dynamic within an organizational structure.

 What’s your team dynamic like at work?

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