At Red Ventures, we live, eat and breathe teamwork. But how exactly do people who come from all walks of life end up working in harmony with one another towards one singular goal? How do we hold each other accountable? And most importantly, how do we become a #DreamTeam?
Here are five lessons we’ve learned over the years about how to build a team that fires on all cylinders – faster.
- Set clear expectations right out of the gate. Gather your team and clearly outline the end goals, how you plan to measure success and each team member’s role in achieving that goal. Encourage everyone on the team to contribute ideas and strategies. Make it a conversation. The more each person is able to contribute to the overall project, the more invested they’ll be in the team’s overall success.
- Establish the capabilities needed to reach the goal. Does each team member have the knowledge and skills to execute on the task at hand? Do they need outside resources or additional training? Do they need a more hands-on approach from the manager? Figure out what each person needs at the beginning of each task and work out a plan to best set the team up for success. Remember, professional development is not a one-size-fits-all task. It has to be personally tailored to the individual team members.
- Create metrics for success. How will your team know when the objective is complete? Do they have daily goals, weekly goals, monthly goals, quarterly goals – all of the above? Any time you set a goal you must also establish a clear target to hit, and consistently hold your team accountable to that target. For example, if your team has a weekly objective, set an expectation for what needs to be done at the beginning of the week, and schedule a check-in at the end of the week. This simple system helps keeps team members energized and able to keep goals top of mind.
- Practice open communication. Create an environment that allows for questions, development, ongoing communication and honest feedback. Establishing this environment from the get-go will set a foundation of trust and responsibility within your team. It’s important to remember that being helpful and intentional is more important than just being nice.
- Have fun! All in all, the most important part of teamwork is to have fun. You know the old saying, if you enjoy what you do, you’ll never work a day in your life? It’s true. If you enjoy your work and who you work with, you’ll be much more motivated to accomplish your goal.
These are our building blocks for many of the #DreamTeams at Red Ventures, but we know every team is different. How do you set your teams up for success?
Haley Scroggins joined RV in July 2015 from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (Go Heels!) as a paid search analyst on the DIRECTV and AT&T partnerships. Haley’s hobbies include defying stereotypes against blondes, confirming stereotypes against blondes, and Montana.