Learn the Art to Develop a Positive Team!

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Positive Team

When we talk about team performance, the first thing that comes to my mind is creating a positive work environment. When you encourage your team, display acceptance, keep them happy, will thy not perform beyond their potential?

It is essential to build a strong and happy workplace in order to create drive in people. Your team is like a baby and it needs to be nurtured. A plant cannot grow in the absence of sunlight. Similarly, a team cannot flourish in the absence of happiness.

So before we plunge into the steps that we can take to make a positive team, it is time for the Learning Activity.

Learning Activity

What are the five things you can do to create a positive environment for your team to flourish and perform well?

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With positive attitude comes determination. That’s what got Walt Disney and friend Iwerks going when the going got tough for them. After having failed a few times, both the friends decided that they will succeed in the fantasy world of children. They created a strong team with the best animators in the world… And the rest is history.

Few things in the world are more powerful than a positive push. A smile. A world of optimism and hope. A

Richard M. DeVos

Positive environment does not require time and money investment. It is a way of life. If you are able to engage your team members and can work towards making everyone see things in a positive light, your efforts will be reduced to less than half.

Here are my five steps to a happy team!

1. Learn people connect

We saw in the first chapter how disengaged people quit organizations. If you do not connect with people, both at an individual level and within the group, they get disengaged within a short span. Engage in open dialogues with your team members. Know their problems and take feedback from them from time to time.

2. Acknowledge and appreciate

There is no better way to create a positive environment than to acknowledge the good things that your team members do. When you acknowledge people, make sure that you do that right before the entire team. Appreciate their efforts and give an occasional pat on the back. However, there is a disclaimer here. Appreciate EVERY member of your team for genuine efforts. Do not favor ne over the other as that might distance team members from each other.

3.Listen with an open mind

We have two ears and one mouth because listening is more important than speaking. Every member in a team is useful. Listen to each one of them. If you allow everyone to contribute and engage EVERY member of your team, it will send the message across that you are an open-minded listener, who really cares about his or her team’s opinions.

4.Empathize with and trust your people

if a team member is not performing, delve deeper into the matter. There could be several problems ranging from personal issues to official conflicts. Make sure that you empathize with your team. Develop trust and maintain it. It is easier to build trust than to restore lost trust. So make sure that you do not indulge in activities that break the trust of your team members.

5.Let yourself lose…sometimes

Activity You are great because…
preparation None
running time 10 minutes
Environment No particular requirement
Teams one or more, four to seven per team
Instruction This is a strange ice-breaker because it requires participants to know each other to some degree already. Give them thinking time, they will need it. This is probably best done by announcing the intention of doing the exercise some time in advance. In the exercise proper, each team member says to each other team member
Feedback This exercise is particularly effective a few days after a new team has been brought together, or towards the end of a residential session. Team size is important- too small and it is too personal; too large and it lacks impact.
Outcome The exercise feels quite artificial and will involve considerable effort for those taking part. Saying nice things to other people

An occasional joke or fun @work, Funky Fridays or Wild Wednesdays, go a long way in keeping a healthy positive environment at the workplace.  “All work and no play make Jack a dull boy” is not a useless saying after all. It is important to take an occasional break from mundane tasks and create a relaxed atmosphere for your team. If you cannot do that, it will create stress for your team members.

Business is serious and must be taken seriously. However, it is important to let the workplace stay positive and keep the environment healthy to work in.

Whether you are a team leader or a team member make sure you contribute to making and maintaining a positive workplace.

To succeed, you need to find something to hold onto, something to motivate you, something to inspire you.

Tony Dorsett

Here is an energy booster that you can practice at workplace to make the environment positive.

When you wake up every day, you have two choices. You can either be positive or negative; an optimist or a pessimist. I choose to be an optimist.
Harvey Mackay

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