Entrepreneurs have an innate ability to see the possibilities but sharing that vision with a team can be tough. The personality of the entrepreneur tends to lean more towards the individual and not the group. Learning easy ways to develop a team can help the entrepreneur reach new levels of success.
Simple Activities for Team Building
Share a meal together – eating together takes the pressure off the team and allows people to connect on a new level. Set aside a time each week to relax and provide a meal to the entrepreneurial team to help bring unity. It will not only allow the team to develop relationships but it will also show the team that you care about them beyond just a paycheck.
Play some games – there are a wide number of games that can be played onsite or off site, or the entrepreneur may want to invest some money in a team building consultant. These games will help teams learn to work together to solve problems, find unique answers and lock together to accomplish tasks that will translate to the business day.
Meet regularly – having regular meetings will allow a team to discover weak points and trouble spots before they consume the business. Daily meetings can be used to set up the schedule for the day. Weekly meetings can be set up to break down projects and issues. Monthly or quarterly meetings should be taken away from the office and for longer periods of time to work on the team and connect away from the office.
Learn together – conferences and classes can be attended or held in-house. They allow entrepreneurs to grow and expand, give employees more knowledge about the business, and help teams come together around one topic. Bring in motivational speakers and teachers that can provide your team with the tools they need to build a cohesive working environment.
Give together – nothing takes the focus off self quicker than giving to others. Set up volunteer opportunities for the team. It will offer new directions to connect but will also increase the level of inspiration for the team. Let the team determine the best path for their volunteer hours and encourage them to continue to volunteer outside the team time.
Create healthy competition – offer incentives for the team members that achieve the highest level, but also offer incentives for the levels achieved by team. Competition sparks new connections and helps to ignite the fires of success.
Building an entrepreneurial team that can push your business to a new level of success requires a wide range of tools. Use the tools of communication, competition, and connections in their different forms and you will find that your team will stand strong and reach farther than you may ever have imagined possible.