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How to build a cohesive team?

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Jodi Brooks on March 15, 2019

Members of a successful team trust each other and work together towards a common goal. A collaborative, organized and creative environment builds trust and cohesion. In order to achieve such a scenario, team leaders and project managers must nurture the individual skills and characteristics of team members and offer guidance, not dictatorial rule. The team leaders must balance structure with flexibility and authority with trust. When issues arise that interrupt the trust and cohesion within a team, the project manager has the duty to intervene and resolve the problem. . Difficulty: Moderate . Instructions . 1 Work together to develop a clear team vision that specific goals support. Set up a team meeting and ask all team members to contribute their ideas. Write down what is said and use the ideas to formulate a team mission statement. Print the mission statement and give all team members a copy to remind them throughout the project of the vision to which they are contributing. . 2 Develop a clear, step-by-step plan to achieve each goal and fulfill the team vision. Set deadlines to encourage the group to work efficiently. Although it is important to be flexible and open to possible changes in the schedule, a team without a plan functions aimlessly. . 3 Delegate tasks but do not micromanage. For team members to feel motivated, they must have the freedom to work with a certain level of autonomy. Micro-management creates an atmosphere of distrust and stifles creativity. Assign team members tasks for which they are most qualified, but encourage them to work together, share their knowledge and learn new skills as you go. . 4 Motivate the team members, informing them that the team's progress and inspiring them with reminders of the team vision. Reward the team throughout the project for their hard work to develop trust and strengthen the spirit of collaboration further. For example, treat the team to a day off or an office party to show your appreciation. . 5 Resolve problems that arise, instead of letting it simmer and eventually boil. Encourage team members to come to you with problems by maintaining calm, non-critical attitude. Being understanding when problems emerge and recognize that most projects face a couple of bumps in the road to completion. Solve the recurrence of the problems of adjustment of the plan so that the team members perform the tasks for which they are most qualified. .

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