At one point or another, every one of us has been part of a team. Led by one or been a member of, either way, we have been in a team. Not finance, not strategy, not innovation, not technology – nothing is as solid of a foundation for an organisation’s success as is a good team.
This is what brings me to the topic of my blog — the science of team building and the dynamics of a workplace. Team building is a term that all team leaders are familiar with but not all of them understand.
Teams are built; they are not assembled or created. It is a craft, not a task, and merely putting the right number of people and tasking them with reaching a set goal is not an effective way of team building, which is a general perception.
Team building has been a part of professional realms since long, but as the workplace dynamics change, leadership today includes managing diverse people and teams across different locations and levels. This has changed the traditional and top-down leadership forms which are no longer appropriate for creating and sustaining a more interconnected and closely-knit workplace.
Today, in the same team, it is likely that a manager is someone from the other side of the country, if not the world. This has changed the way team building was perceived and executed until now. Team leaders in a modern-day workplace need to motivate and work alongside different groups of people — who may be from different cultures, countries, backgrounds, perspectives, and values, across time zones and borders.
So how can one make sure the team-building exercises and efforts align with these changes and yield desired results even in the present-day workplaces. Stay tuned for some tips on this in the next blog.
Spark Makki is Head of English Content at Cicero & Bernay Public Relations, an independent PR agency headquartered in Dubai offering new-age public relations consultancy to the UAE and across the MENA region. | www.cbpr.me