Building teamwork skills will often call for an organization and the people of that organization to make some changes. Change can be explosive. King Whitney Jr. said, “Change has a considerable psychological impact on the human mind. To the fearful it is threatening because it means that things may get worse. To the hopeful it is encouraging because things may get better. To the confident it is inspiring because the challenge exits to make things better.”
If a leader is directing a team through changes there are steps in building teamwork skills to help the team move through the positive changes.
14 Ways That Help Change Take Place
1. Inform people in advance so they’ll have time to think about the implications of the change and how it will affect them.
2. Explain the overall objectives of the change—the reasons for it and how and when it will occur.
3. Show team members how the change will benefit them.
4. Ask those who will be affected by the change to participate in all stages of the change process.
5. Keep communication channels open. Provide opportunities for team members to discuss the change.
6. Encourage questions, comments, and other feedback.
7. Be flexible and adaptable throughout the change process.
8. Admit mistakes and make adjustments where appropriate.
9. Constantly demonstrate your belief in and commitment to the change.
10. Indicate your confidence in their ability to implement the change.
11. Provide enthusiasm throughout the change process.
12. Always show appreciation to every member of the team.
13. Recognition of each member of the team is an absolute must. Never let anyone feel that his or her contribution was worthless.
14. Be honest with the team members if they come across as negative. Try to always be pro-active and encourage every team member to do the same.
Building teamwork skills calls upon every member of the team to be an active part. The resources of “the many” are far greater than that of “the one.” Change and the evolution of a team are essential for success. For this to take place it calls for a unified effort. Building teamwork skills is not easy but it always proves itself to be extremely productive.