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Fostering Team Collaboration Top 5 ways to do it What do the The Fantastic 4, X-Men, The Avengers and The Expendables all have in common? They are teams of individu-als utilizing their combined talents to achieve a common goal. When thinking of teamwork in any organization, consider collaboration; building and investing in a team is vital to its success. One of the best acronyms for team is: Together Everyone Achieves More. Fostering collaboration through tools enables efficiency and reduces the risk of human error. Equipping team members for robust participation is a great starting point in revamping any company culture to focus on collaboration. Here are the top 5 five ways to foster team collaboration in your organization. 1. Communicate company expectations. Collaboration should be a minimum standard. Defining the roles and responsibilities of the team is critical to avoid cross orders. Each team member should also understand their position and the responsibilities required of them. An environment that allows each team member to take responsibility for a good or bad outcome supports trans-parity. At Scalus, we have designed a workflow product that empowers employees, ensuring the success of the teams by providing streamlined collaboration in every department. 2. Setting team goals. Measurable goals that can be reviewed on a weekly, monthly quarterly or annual basis gets the team to focus on individual efforts, aligning the desired outcome within the team and gives them all a common goal to achieve. At times, the goals set may need to be re-evaluated, but always make sure the goals set are attainable. Setting up a team to fail is never good for company morale. Publishing the outcome and celebrating the wins while learning from the failures, keeps the team accountable and motivated. 3. Encouraging creativity. Allowing team members to brain-storm and question in a non-judgmental environment gets the creative juices flowing. Encouraging the team to look at any obstacle as conquerable will only build innovation for the business and set you apart from the rest. Nurturing a “can do” attitude within the team and asking why, or why not, regularly is a good leadership trait. Cultivating a creative atmosphere also encourages character development and shows your valued employees that you believe in them and invest in their future with the organization. 4. Building cohesion. Workflow software is great for building cohesion; each team member can arrive to work each morning, open an email that is their daily digest and see exactly what their tasks are that need to be completed that day. The days of sifting through a full inbox to prioritize work and check to see what your other team members have completed are over. Workflow collaboration tools provide a dashboard of status updates and every project is lined up with tasks assigned to the relevant team member. When one task is complete, the baton is handed to the next team member who is automatically notified that it’s their turn for the next task and when it’s due. This allows each team member individually to be successful, as well as being ac-countable for their part, and the team as a whole to achieve the common goal, efficiently. No more blame game, finger pointing or pieces falling through the cracks. 5. Leveraging strengths. Positioning each team member for success is vital to retention of quality staff. So when building a team, make sure to assign them the tasks each team member will be successful in. Giving incentives to individuals and team accomplishments should be done to celebrate and recognize the wins. LE By Kristen Koh Goldstein Kristen Koh Goldstein is the CEO of Scalus and Chairwoman of BackOps. She founded BackOps in 2010 to enable skilled moms to work from home while their children are at school. In 2013 with institutional backing from several investors including Sherpa Ventures, eVentures, Google Ventures, and HVF Labs, BackOps gave birth to Scalus, software to manage a remote dis-tributed workforce. Prior to Scalus and BackOps, Kristen was an investment analyst for Goldman Sachs and Credit Suisse covering the software industry. She was also the CFO of Loyalty Lab (now Tibco) and Director Finance of Epinions (now eBay). Connect Kristen Koh Goldstein Follow @kristenkoh Would like to Comment? Please Click Here. Leadership Excellence Essentials presented by HR.com | 01.2016 Submit your Articles 11


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