At Work - Revitalise
Suzanne Willis Zoglio,
author of Teams At Work: 7 Keys to Success, sheds some light on how to
help build and foster team spirit and uncovers ways to rejuvenate once
innovation from the team.
There's a little bit of entrepreneur in each of us, and being given
the opportunity to take reasonable risk can renew member interest in
the project. Identifying and improving on the work process may be just
what a team needs for new energy. Remember, feedback reinforces
creativity in others.
the bar -- present new challenges.
Expand the scope of the project or otherwise change the team's
objectives so that the target becomes more challenging to members. Tie
the new initiative to a corporate strategic force, like customer
service or costs or quality product. Whatever the new tasks, there
will be elements that the team members will have to learn. As long as
the training is in stages, and the new responsibilities are not
overwhelming, team members will come away feeling more valued.
the ground rules.
A new challenge may give good reason for re-examining the ground rules
set at the start of the team. The group may find that it has been
violating its own procedures or that it has neglected to incorporate
into the rules some issue. The study might identify opportunities to
improve the quality of meetings and, given the time investment of team
meetings, the opportunities may generate new enthusiasm for team
outsiders to join the team.
New members can bring fresh perspectives to the group and
generate renewed enthusiasm for the project. Visiting with or
listening to other teams' stories can also kick start a burnt-out
team. So can having visitors who have an investment in the team
project. Their commitment of time reminds the members of the
importance of the team mission.
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