The best teams emerge, not as the result of some 'team-building' activities, but from a commitment to each other and a shared understanding of what they are trying to accomplish. In my work with teams we do the following:
1. Strive for commitment. Have a moving and frank conversation in which we look each other in the eyes and verbally acknowledge, "I want to work with you." Wanting to work together means that all that remains to build a strong team is learning how to work together. Learning how to work together can happen in a myriad of ways.
2. Strive for clarity in purpose and direction. I recommend a constant discussion, review, and renewal around the answers to the following questions:
- Who are we?
- Why are we here?
- Who do we want to be?
- Where are we going?
- Who are our customers?
- What are our customers hiring us to do?
If you are committed to working together and regularly spend time talking about these questions you will have a powerful team. Your shared purpose will bring your team together in a way that no number of team activities can.
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