Are You Building Teams to Optimize the Talent in Your Organization?
Top-performing companies often use teams of employees, strategically designed to address the organization’s goals. Many of the most successful organizations use teams, with 81 percent of the Fortune 500 companies reported as building teams to ensure growth and success. However, how can you design teams that fit the company’s culture and still balance the personalities of each member for success?
Don’t leave team-building to rudimentary methods when solid data is available that can help you align the individuals in your organization in a way that promotes productivity and cohesion between members. Here are a few considerations for building teams in your company:
Team members must have a clear vision of their purpose. It sounds simple but is often overlooked. Make sure your managers have a plan for clear communication of team purpose and goals when organizing members. Who defines these roles? The manager. They must clearly define the expectations and goals for each role within the team.
Identify performance measures. (Then keep these measures in front of the team). Each member of your team should have a clear idea of what success will look like, how it will be measured and what needs to be done to achieve the desired outcome. On an ideal team, the manager and each team member can clearly state the goals of the team, as well as the game plan for getting to the goals.
Embrace diversity in terms of team members’ strengths. While there must be cohesion and agreement in both vision and goals, effective team-building managers also have a flair for diversity. Skills and personality must be aligned to develop a team that is innovative and skilled in carrying out plans.
Encourage extensive communication. Understanding communication styles and habits can be a challenge. One way to address this challenge is to leverage information from a behavioral assessment. Behavioral assessment tools can help establish a clearer picture of how a person communicates – as well as identify their innate motivations and drives. This helps your managers and team members interact with individuals in a way that promotes clarity and openness.
Uphold trust as a core value. Team members will work most effectively when they can trust one another. In a behavioral assessment, team members will get a clear picture of the ways that their co-workers are motivated and respond to pressure.Knowing these individual differences will help team members sidestep the typical communication challenges that can weaken trust.
Behavioral assessments are more than traditional personality tools. They give managers the ability to help gauge a team’s success level. They foster the placement of team members according to not only experience, but behaviors and skills as well. Building teams effectively means looking deeper to see how individuals are motivated and driven, not just looking at resumes and education levels. When changes come, behavioral assessments help you strategize for the future instead of looking behind.
PI Consulting Group helps your company analyze, align and then optimize teams within your company to reach your goals. The information provided by the PI System is data-driven and practical, giving you clear descriptions that allow you to maximize the performance of your teams and the individuals selected for them.
To learn more about behavioral assessments and the PI System, please give us a call. We not only perform behavioral assessments for building teams, but also provide extensive training and then partner with your managers to optimize the talent that’s already within your company.