Common Goal:Together Everyone Achieves More

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Common Goal

Businesses and organizations of all sizes use team building projects and training to keep their members working together. In business, goals are the broad, overall aims of an organization. Through team building, a business can focus its employees on common goal and improve working conditions and the bottom line. The team is a major factor that binds people together in an organization.

Off late, I have come across many people who leave organizations in groups. Two friends would resign together and apply for other jobs together. They go for interviews together.

Did you know?

  • A study by Blessing White suggests that only 37% workforce in India is engaged. The rest of the 63% population is disengaged.
  • Another observation made in the same study suggests that employee engagement improves with his tenure in the organization.

Difference between a group and a team

There are groups of people and then there are teams. A team is a group of individuals but a group is not necessarily a team.

So what is the difference?

Before we dive deeper into the topic, let us reflect on some of the teams that we have had the opportunity to observe first hand.

Learning Activity

1.  Which the best team you have ever worked with?

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2.  Name the members on the team.

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3.  Why was the team formed?

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4.  What is the best thing you remember about this team?

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5.  What was the desired outcome and was it achieved?

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6.  What did you learn from the entire experience?

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There are many differences between a group and a team. In the exercise above, you reflected upon some of them. For your convenience, I have defined the parameters on which a team is different from a group. Let us now see what these parameters are.

While members of a group share common traits and characteristics, members of a team share common goals and share responsibilities to achieve those goals.

For example, a rotary club is a group where people share common interests. And the 12 cricket players are a team because the players share a common goal.

You will find men who want to be carried on the shoulders of others, who think that the world owes them a living. They don

Henry Ford

There are five parameters on which a group is different from a team. Let us see what those parameters are:

  • Commonality: While group members share common interests, team members share common goals.
  • Responsibility: Since there is no common goal in a group, there are no task responsibilities to be shared. However, in a team, tasks and activities are driven towards achieving a certain common goal.
  • Interrelationship: There is a great degree of interdependence in team members as they are working for a common aim. However, group members are not dependent on each other in any way and may or may not even know each other.
  • Rationale: While a team is formed for a specific purpose and may get together people from varied backgrounds, a group does not need a purpose to be formed. It may get formed on the basis of some common ground like ethnicity, race, interests or professions etc.
  • The formality of structure: A group is usually informal in nature and lacks a structure. However, roles, responsibilities, and duties are clearly defined in a team.

Having cleared the difference between a group and a team, let us now see how effective teams are built.

How to build a collaborative team

There are many teams. But what determines success for a team is the togetherness. Like the name of the chapter suggests, Together Everyone Achieves More, a team achieves more only when there is togetherness.

We all know Manchester United, the soccer team that does wonders. The team has two strikers- Teddy Sheringham and Andy Cole. The success of their game depends upon the coordination, teamwork, and coordination of these two players. In 1997, they both blamed each other for not being able to stop an opponent’s goal. That was the end of their camaraderie and they stopped talking to each other completely after that.

Why this incident became a case study is because both of them realized how important it was for them to play for Manchester United, and work towards that common goal, that they used to forget their rift on the field. So what happened the next year, created history in the world of team building. Their team won the FA Cup, the European Cup and the Premiership League that year.

A year later, the team made a whopping 97 goals in the season.

Two people on a team may not like each other personally, but if they are able to work together toward a common goal, they can help the entire team reach that goal.

There is more to a team than conflicts. If the goal is common then no matter what every team member aims at achieving it.

Let us see how we can create a high performing team and cultivate an organization that works with togetherness.

Aligning Goals

If your organization does not have clearly defined vision mission and goal statements, I recommend that you do that as fast as possible.

The first step to creating a high-performance team is to align each member to the vision and mission of the organization. It not only helps to create a common goal for the team, it also enables and empowers employees by taking ownership of the vision and mission and own it as their own.

Every Team Member Must Be Groomed As A Leader

Leadership skills are required at various levels in an organization. Similarly, they are required in a team as well. If each team member possesses leadership qualities and instills within himself the ownership and responsibility like a leader, they will all stick together.

Focus on Progression

Train your team members regularly to aim at their continuous improvement. Upgrade them occasionally with higher levels of skills that they already know and up-skill them with new skill sets so that they understand every aspect of their job and can work with efficiency.

Attend To The Human Component

It is important to remember that the most important function of an organization is its human element. This component governs all other functions of an organization.

It is OK to make mistakes, but it is more important to realize that those mistakes must not be repeated. People must be rewarded and recognized for the good work they do and must be helped to rectify the mistakes that they commit.

A Team Means Collaboration

Each and every person in a team must work in tandem. If they do not, it might create lack of accountability and responsibility. If every single person takes responsibility, the scope of improvement increases exponentially.

Empowerment of Team Members

Every team member must be empowered to take certain decisions on their own based on their ability, capability and willingness. For example, a junior team member could be made responsible for a simpler task and empowered to take decisions related to that task. A senior member could be given the task of delegation and may be made responsible for it.

Giving and Receiving Feedback

There is a golden rule that must be followed here- “Praise in public and criticize in private.” Also, when giving feedback, it must be remembered that feedback must be given at the right place and at the right time. If a person is doing something very important and gets negative feedback, he will not be able to finish his work. If a person is sad and gets positive feedback, he will be elated.

Be Dependable

Consistency is the name of the game. It is important for each member of the team to be dependable and persistent. Finally, for all of these team-building initiatives, you must be intentional and persistent.

It is not easy to develop and sustain a high performing team. But let me assure you, my friend, if you develop the qualities mentioned in this chapter, you can rest assured that you will have a dynamic and dependable team.

Team Building Game # 1 BLOW & POP!

Material A few packets of medium sized balloons
Time three minutes
Settings enough space for each team to stand together on open floor
Type Minimum of two teams
Activity Instructions Divide participants into two teams.

Give each team deflated balloons- 3 balloons per person.

Each team must blow as many balloons as they can and pop them.

Each team must call out the number of balloons popped with each burst balloon.

The team that bursts the maximum number of balloons in the stipulated time wins.

Notes It is difficult to pop balloons that are not fully inflated. Thus, it does not save time but uses more of it if a team decides to half-inflate their balloons.

Ask: How did you plan your task? Was everyone blowing and bursting balloons or were different people assigned different tasks?

Debrief This is a high energy activity and must be conducted in a place where noise can be made. Please ensure that people are physically fit to get involved in this activity.

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