6 Ways Successful Teams Are Built to Last

It's 28th or 29th July today. For most of us, it's nearly 1 month anniversary of us being part of a new team. Some of us are still in awkward position in the team, some of us are starting to get comfortable, and maybe some of us are already in conflict with someone in a team. In whatever stages we are, we are a part of the team and we need to play a role in building a great team.

Here are 6 tips to build a great team that last.

1. Be your own boss. Be flexible. Know who you are as a leader.

Here you need to constantly understanding who you are as an individual. If you understand yourself better, it means you understand how you can be flexible and adapt as a team. You can have MBTI Test, Enneagram, Work Values, Team Roles Test, or VIA Character Strength, and show the result to your team and discuss how to be win-win with your team.

2. Think of your team as puzzle pieces that can be placed together in a variety of ways.

It doesn't stop when you fully understand yourself, but how do you put your feet in other people shoes. A journey to find yourself doesn't stop when you discover your true nature, but when you understand what meaning can you give to others and challenge your perspective about 'who you are' constantly.

3. A team should operate as a mosaic whose unique strengths and differences convert into a powerful united force.

After you understand your team in personal level, you can start to capitalize on their uniqueness and bringing it into professional level. Let them do what they are good at and challenge each other limit or so called 'weakness'.

4. Take the time to remind someone of how and what they can be doing better. Learn from them. Don’t complicate the process of constructive feedback. Feedback is two-way communication.

Remember in point 4, that you need to 'challenge each other limit'. Strength and weakness is not a fixed concept, but a fluid concept. Because strength and weakness is a two-sided coin. For example, if you are a very analytical person, it means that you tend to overthink. This is when you need to find balance. Giving feedback and add perspective from people in the team will constantly helping you find that balance. However, when it comes to feedback, do it while you have time. Don't accumulate it or don't hesitate to ask for feedback whenever you have time.

5. When people are acknowledged, their work brings them greater satisfaction and becomes more purposeful.

Too many leaders take performance for granted because they don’t believe that one should be rewarded for “doing their job.” People love recognition, but are most appreciative of respect. Take the time to give your teammates the proper accolades they have earned and deserve. Show to your team that you care for them. It organically ignites extra effort!

6. A celebration is a short-lived activity. Don’t ignore it. Take the time to live in the moment and remember what allowed you to cross the finish line.

Don't just stand there! Celebrate your small-wins with your team! That way, you'll be engaged as a team. Don't forget to be genuine in every appreciation or reward that you give inside your team. And, don't forget to appreciate yourself also :)