My focus has been on creating great work environments and building awesome teams. I believe that all of us have the desire to work somewhere where we feel valued and empowered. Life is too short to go to work every day and do something that you don’t love and that you’re not passionate about. You may already have some sort of team and whether that’s two of you, five of you, or a hundred of you, there’s already going to be an existing culture in place to build a solid foundation.
I’m going to run you through the life cycle of building, growing and nourishing a high performing team. I’m going to share what I’ve learned over the many years, some easy strategies in the hope that all of us can create amazing workplace environments where our teams can succeed. The main areas that we’re going to look at are practical things as a team leader or a senior developer you can do with your team.
Culture is made up of the beliefs, values and behaviours that are shared or demonstrated across the organisation. I’ve heard lots of different explanations over the years, but that’s the one that I like the most. What values are demonstrated in your organisation and in your time? Values can be organisation based or they can just be team-based. It depends on how clear your values are and how big your organisation is. If your organisation has high-level values, you need to really make sure that they’re broken down so that they’re meaningful for your team. And if your organisation doesn’t have clear values, then you need to collaboratively create the values with your team. Once you have these values, you can then recognise them, and reward individuals and teams based on those behaviours that are driving and encouraging the culture.
Why do you go to work every day?
Why do your team members go to work every day?
Do you know what they’re trying to achieve?
Do they know what they’re trying to achieve?
It can be hard to answer these questions, but it is important that people have a clear purpose and understand why they’re coming to work every day and what they’re doing. So, if there’s a high-level company vision, which there often is, as a team leader, we need to really break that down for our teams so that it’s meaningful and relevant. Once you’ve got that clear vision, you want to go even further and really break it down into clear goals. So, everybody knows what equals success.
One of my favourite books, which I recommend is “Find Your Why” by Simon Sinek. It talks you through a step by step process of how you figure out what that purpose is. It also talks you through a process you can do with your team to collaboratively figure out what your team purpose is, which is great for team building.
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