Team Building: I can’t, but we can – Mr. Harish Jagtani

In today’s competitive world, it is difficult to achieve personal, as well as organizational, goals individually. Thus, it becomes important for people working in groups, business units, and so on to perform together as a team. While sharing expectations for achieving group tasks, team members also trust and support one another and even respect each other’s differences. Teams that have a strong unity are likely to be more productive and more successful and happier, too!

Building a team is not an easy task at all, especially when team-building activities attract more hostility than enthusiasm from teammates. Effective teams have distinct characteristics. We often see that, in business, as well as in other activities, the best teams win. An organization operating like one single successful team will surely shine and surpass those that do not. So, how do you build an effective team and what are the factors that make a great team?

Studies say that there are some key performance areas that help successful teams stand out from others. These factors have important roles in building effective teams. If you focus on these areas, you can improve the overall performance of your team.

Having a Clear Purpose

With a clear purpose, a team knows exactly what it has to accomplish and its role within the organization’s overall work order. Clarity of roles and responsibilities help each team member understand and accept what each one of them has to do. It also allows teams to take decisions faster and work together without confusion.

Building a Balanced Team

Teams should have a balance of people—those that already have the skills needed, along with those that need more skill development. The skill sets of the team decide how individuals will apply them while working. And work should be distributed and assigned to individuals according to each person’s capacity to handle it.

Working with Dedication

With dedication come two most important factors for teams to succeed. These are accountability and trust. Dedication motivates, strengthens and also makes a team ready to face tough challenges. And, when a team is committed, it is most likely to deliver the best outcomes.

Reaching Goals Jointly

Before accomplishing joint goals, employees should work individually and also together as team members. Research says that the most successful teams work in collaboration and that provides the synergy required for teams to reach their goals. It is also the source of effective problem-solving and decision making, among others.

Keeping on Improving

Teams that continuously strive to improve can face new challenges with confidence. High-performing teams are committed to individual performance and are also likely to grow team processes and enhance team dynamics.

Keeping Communications Open

In today’s world, staying connected in whatever way possible is important. It helps a team to stay informed and also coordinate better. Successful teams have an open communication structure that allows all team members to take part, leaving no one behind. Moreover, honest exchange of ideas helps better decision-making.

Encouraging Creativity

When any organization encourages creativity, its team members are able to solve challenging issues more efficiently. To nurture creativity, organizations must build an environment that supports risk-taking and encourages diversity of membership. Creativity helps a team to solve problems by thinking out of the box.

In this fast-moving digital age, being successful in business does not mean being bigger or working harder than your competitors. Today, success goes to people who can come up with creative solutions to critical issues. For instance, Airbnb came up with innovative stay options for travelers and earnings for homeowners, while Uber gave us a new and easy convenience choice and a career option for youngsters

Most leaders today are aware of the best practices for mission-critical tasks in any business, but only a handful are familiar with what nurturing and promoting creativity requires. Here are a few ways that entrepreneurs can adopt to make themselves, along with their companies, more creative…

Gather New Ideas

Looking for new and innovative ideas from your areas of interest whenever you get time will help you think creatively. Talk to your friends and read prolifically. Try to know about the new things that are happening around you. You can take a break once in a while to relax and stay updated. Brainstorming can be highly effective. Gather members from diverse teams because several brains can produce more novel ideas than just one. But also remember that wrong kind of diversity can be damaging. To be most effective, teams should have people of differing skills, talents and backgrounds, but with similar values and a common goal.

Reduce Pressures

We are all aware about the old saying, ‘Necessity is the mother of invention’. But that does not mean one would be creative only one is up against a wall. In fact, research shows deadlines make people less creative. We may, at times, be forced to be creative at the last minute, but we are at our creative best in a relaxed environment and when we are not under a gun to deliver results fast.

Have a Positive Mindset

One good way to be creative is to simply change your mindset. Feed positive thoughts to your mind by talking to yourself. Say such things as, “I can do this”, or “I’ll accept good ideas that anyone can come up with”. Repeating these positive thoughts will fill you with creative inspiration that will help you resolve pressing issues.

Change the Locale

Entrepreneurs may ask what values idea-generating sessions can bring. But we feel it is these that spur creativity, especially when held off-site, such as on weekends. Just changing the physical location and environment can significantly help improve creativity. Moving out of familiar walls helps individuals get out of their regular thought patterns for effective brainstorming.

Embrace Failure

Research also shows that one of the best connections between creativity and corporate culture is the way individuals treat failure. Basically, creative people must feel safe to come up with new approaches and to try them out.

Organize & Be Active

We have been told millions of times by our mothers to clean our rooms and, today, there are endless numbers of sites on de-cluttering our lives. It is a belief that, by keeping your surroundings clean and by de-cluttering your life, you can keep your mind clean for positive and creative ideas to flow when needed. At the same time, exercising and keeping your body fit stimulates your brain. Physical activities, like running, walking in a park or the neighbourhood, doing yoga, or even freehand exercises, can inspire new and creative thought patterns. There are people who use their yoga or exercise time to take a break from work and find motivation.


About the Author

Mr. Harish Jagtani, a philanthropist, visionary, businessman of Indian origin, currently based in Democratic Republic of Congo for more than 20 years now, is one of the most reputed business owners in the Indian diaspora as well as the entire expat business community in DRC. The business house caters to multiple domains, including but not limited to Domestic as well as International Air Cargo, real Estate and infrastructure development, healthcare, hospitality as well as CSR.

Coming from humble beginnings from Jaipur, Rajasthan, Mr. Harish Jagtani has come a long way in building this conglomerate with a strong and clear vision, sheer dedication and grit. Starting with a small job in sales, Mr. Harish Jagtani today is a proud and righteous owner of a fleet of airplanes and multiple businesses that cater to the basic and advanced needs of the people of Dem. Rep. of Congo in different sectors

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