A successful team is clearly made by the people within that team, which means communication is the key. Teamwork requires you to communicate effectively with others, recognising and understanding their viewpoints and appreciating the contribution you are expected to make. Communication is essential to good working relationships where each individual is working towards the achievement of shared aims and objectives.
Trust is also a key factor to ensuring the success of working relationships in a team. If the team members trust and respect each other, then they will inevitably work well together towards their common goals. Trust is about reliability and doing the right thing, and it is a big factor that will determine success in your job and your career, especially in a business climate where your value as an employee is closely watched.
Do you colleagues, subordinates or superiors perceive you as trustworthy and honest? How do you perceive them? Trust builds respect and loyalty, as well as a supportive and safe work environment. Distrust increases tension and negative “on guard” behaviour, which can erode the spirit of the team and, ultimately, productivity.
Most of your competitors have access to the same materials you have, they can implement the same processes you can, and they can hire new and better marketing firms. However, success is always about people and how they think and act. How your people think and act will help you take many of the same inputs as your competitors and end up with a vastly superior product or service. A great team culture will have a positive impact on bottom line results. With a few steps you too can be on your way to developing a team culture that helps your team and organisation reach it’s full potential.