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Tips on how to build a successful team

Tips on how to build a successful team
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Tips on how to build a successful team
Siobhan Stirling - Sharp Minds Communications for Capital Space by Siobhan Stirling - Sharp Minds Communications for Capital Space
Owner/Director - Sharp Minds Communications Ltd

Building a high performance team involves more than just randomly assembling a group of talented individuals. For a team to be truly effective, its members must unite with the same vision and be motivated to bring that vision to life. They must share clear, measurable goals, and be committed to each play their part in the overall success of the group. Below we share steps to building and maintaining a strong, cohesive and effective team.

Show respect to your employees

The first step in building a successful team is to make sure everyone feels like they have an equal voice, even if they hold different positions within the company. Giving everyone an equal say in decisions that affect the entire company will help establish trust and cooperation among co-workers. In addition, it's important to show respect for others' ideas so that everyone feels comfortable sharing their thoughts with others in the office.

Set SMART goals

SMART goals are goals that are specific, measurable, achievable, relevant and time-based. Setting a goal that follows these parameters can help you track the team's progress with easily understandable metrics. For example, you can set a goal for your team to increase sales by 15% in the next quarter. Now, both you and your team can track the sales and make sure that you're on target to meet the goal.

You can also celebrate accomplishments or brainstorm ways to meet your goal while avoiding miscommunications about whether you met the goal. Consider giving your team the ability to keep themselves accountable so they work in a more collaborative way and take ownership of their individual tasks.

Establish lines of communication

Communication is essential for a team to collaborate successfully. Establish clear lines of communication by clarifying roles. Make sure your team knows who to go to when they need an answer or a resource. Consider setting up a team updates system to keep everyone updated on communal projects.

Provide training to enhance their learning and skills

Provide training opportunities so employees can continue developing their skills throughout their time with your business.  This doesn’t need to be a huge undertaking; it can be a few hours put aside per week or month in between other projects they have going on at work. By offering the opportunity and space for employees to learn and develop their skills you will receive gratitude and loyalty in return. An added bonus is that they can use these new skills and extra confidence to benefit your business and your wider team’s knowledge.

Celebrate and reward

Make the time to regularly recognise, reward and celebrate both team and individual performance. This will help to build morale and bolster the motivation of the group to continue their hard work. Find the most appropriate way to celebrate team milestones, such as a personal ‘thank you’ at a team meeting, an email copied to senior managers, or a team lunch. Ensure that recognition is consistent, and that the method you choose inspires and reinforces the team members to continue their positive contribution to the team’s progress. You don't have to spend much money on this — just ordering pizza in at lunch or bringing in cakes for the team to share can be enough.


Look for people with different skill sets, experience levels and backgrounds, so everyone can contribute what they're best at. For example, one person might handle customer relations while another does social media marketing or works on the website. Defining each role clarifies each team members' responsibilities and lets them focus on accomplishing their tasks and following workflows specific to their role. Knowing they have their own role and speciality will make everyone’s effort feel valued and worthwhile.

Give feedback

Set up regular and frequent occasions where you give feedback. This can prevent bad habits from forming on your team and reduce the pressure around year-end reviews. With constant feedback and clear expectations, your team can be consistently improving, with specifics for what to work on.

We hope these tips and tricks give you some insight into how you can maximise your team’s business success. If you are looking for a workspace that aids productivity, collaboration, and flexibility, please contact us , we’d love to help.