In ‘teamwork divides the task and multiplies success’, Emma Taylor, Curium’s Head of Transforming Operations, considers teams and the ingredients needed to create a great team.
The definition of team: “A group of people with a full set of complementary skills required to complete a task, job, or project.”
How often does that happen within a workplace though? The full set of complementary skills bit?
Like most things, we get so wrapped up thinking about the end task, job or project, especially defining ‘what’ we need to achieve and by ‘when’, that we often spend too little time thinking about ‘how’ will we do it and, more importantly, ‘who’ will be a part of it?
I have spent some time looking at different definitions of ‘teams’, ‘effective team work’ etc and, of course, they all make sense. Any reader will get it and recognise what needs to done / changed to improve things if required. But executing the required action is a different matter. Wouldn’t it be far easier if we started with the best team possible at the start?
For me, the full set of complementary skills has to be the ingredient that takes a good team to a great team. This has its challenges. A full set of complementary skills implies what? A range of styles and personalities?
Effectively managing your team and their varying preferences is what really drives your ultimate success but understanding those preferences and skills up front gives you a great start.
TetraMap® is a learning model which accelerates an understanding of self and others. At the heart of TetraMap is this belief: strength lies in valuing differences. The Elements TetraMap uses are rooted in nature and are: Earth, Air, Water and Fire. Every Element has a part to play.
A team’s strength lies in valuing differences. TetraMap simplifies the complexity of how people work together. It enables teams to foster and leverage natural diversity and creatively solve organisational challenges together.
Helping people to understand one another and why we are all different provides a chance to explore commonalities, preferences and build positive working environments.
The TetraMap learning model overcomes internal silos to improve team unity and collaboration, enhancing productivity, customer service and sales.
TetraMap preferences provided the basis for our latest report: Empowering inclusive leaders for a diverse world. Take a look and see how knowing more about your own preferences and those of others can help you to create a more inclusive workplace.