Great teamwork comes when team members are committed to working together instead of being told they must work together. Here are five steps to bring teams together.
1| Ask each member to answer this question: On a scale of 1 to 10 with 10 being ideal, where do we rank in terms of working together as a team?
2| Challenge the group. Tell them: “Assume that every team member could change at least one group or team behavior. Write down all the answers on a flip chart and review the statement to close the gap between where the team is and where they want to be.
3| Prioritize the greatest weakness that needs to be corrected on a new flip chart. Rank them 1 to 5 with 1 being some behavior or team weakness that has to be changed fast.
4| Have team captains offer brief weekly progress reports on how the team is doing to improve the weak areas.
5| At the end of the season, have a wrap-up meeting to see how well the team did and where they need to improve going into the next season.