Managing Your Business

Strategies for team building

Managers know a successful business requires an effective team. But improper team-building efforts can destroy a team. The next time you decide to develop your team, consider the following strategies:

Apply a team-building idea that is relevant to your team. Individual teams have their own strengths and weaknesses. It is important you know your team's strengths and weaknesses before scheduling a costly team-building exercise. A team-building effort that is not relevant to your team will waste time and money.

Implement a long-term strategy. Effective team building requires implementing a long-term strategy. Do not expect a one-day team-building exercise to solve serious problems within your organization. In fact, without developing a long-term plan to combat issues, problems mentioned during a team-building exercise may worsen.