How to Build a Successful Team

Michelle Benjamin – CEO of Benjamin Enterprises


Whether you are a business just starting out, or an existing business looking to expand, it is important to build a team that will be successful. A team that works well together can help a business to grow exponentially. On the other hand, a team that doesn’t work together can cause a business to stall and stay in one place with little to no growth. Of course, we all want to have exponential growth, successful teams and satisfied employees, but how can you achieve that?

Diversity – Many times when you are considering team members, you want people who are just like you. After all, you are a hard worker, want the company to succeed and always perform well, right? Wrong. A successful team has members from diverse backgrounds. These backgrounds bring new perspectives, creative thinking and a flow of innovative ideas.

Trust – It is important to not only say that you trust your team, but to show that you do by your actions. You should allow your team to have input into the decision making process. This makes the team feel valuable to your company and can also boost overall morale. An important way to demonstrate your trust in the team is to not micromanage each aspect of their work. Allow them to have some leeway to try new things and new strategies.

Communicate – It is important to determine the best way to communicate to and receive communication from your team. For some, an email may be the best method, but never substitute technology for the human touch. When possible, communicate in person. Some companies may chose a quick team meeting each morning to identify issues, concerns and progress.

Vision – Make your vision for the team and the business overall clear to everyone involved. If everyone is working towards the same, well defined goal, they will be more likely to achieve it. If your vision is unclear, or constantly changing, the team can spin their wheels trying to determine what they should be doing. You want your team to be rowing in the same direction, and at the same speed; you don’t want them to become a ship without a rudder that goes in whatever direction the wind is blowing.

Set a Good Example – As the team leader, it is important that you not only talk the talk, but walk the walk. You can say all the right things, but if your actions don’t back up your words, no one is going to follow you.

It takes time to build a team. You can’t just snap your fingers and have a strong, cohesive team. If you are consistent in your message, your mission and your actions, you can build a team that achieves all that is asked of it and more.

Benjamin Enterprises has served a broad range of industries, education market and government at all levels. Their clients have ranged from corporate giants like Anheuser-Busch, Kohl’s Distribution, Consolidated Edison, General Electric, Entergy and United Parcel Service. Services include strategic process enhancements and talent management to increase productivity and the capabilities of employees.

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