When I was a young boy, my parents took me to a science museum one Saturday. Upon arriving, I was quickly in complete awe of all the amazing and fun exhibits. There was a large water tornado, some full size dinosaur displays, and even an indoor hot-air balloon. But there was another exhibit that I found fascinating and is actually a perfect example for team unity.
This particular exhibit was a tall and massive collection of metal rods and gears. It probably stood two stories tall and on top was a single large bulb. At the bottom, was a single wheel with a knob. As it was turned, it put this masterpiece of a machine into motion creating the energy needed to light the bulb.
Gears and Rods
That exhibit is much like our teams. The many gears and rods are examples of the many different individuals that make up your team. They are all connected and designed for a single purpose. That purpose is to produce what’s needed (energy) for the business to succeed (light bulb). And it’s up to you, as the leader, to put the team into motion.
You see, for that machine to light the bulb, every part had to work in unison. Each gear and each rod had a different role but all of them were working together. As one gear turned, so did another, and another. As they all turned, the connected rods moved up and down and side to side putting even more gears into rotation.
Engaged and Productive
Now an engaged and productive team is much more complex than a exhibit of gears and rods. However, they are similar in the fact that every part has an important role in the overall purpose. If one breaks down, this causes the whole motion of the group to be directly affected.
So how do you build and keep a team unified? Let’s take a look at just 3 of the top ways.
3 Keys for Building Team Unity
- Precision Alignment: A team that is in alignment with the vision, direction, and values of the company will be extremely productive and motivated.
- Vision: One team, one dream. Be repetitive with the company vision and help them take personal ownership in making it happen.
- Direction: Get everyone energized and headed in the same direction. Keep them on track and on target.
- Values: Your team must have the core values of the company or there will be friction on the journey.
- Grow together: A team that grows together produces an energy and momentum immensely greater than when done individually.
- Feedback: Get them to build each other through friendly feedback. Nobody knows your business better than your team. Get them sharing among themselves on how to refine their skills and abilities.
- Reciprocity: As one gives, the other feels the need to give back more. If you can get this started within a team, exponential grow will take place.
- Education: Invest in their learning and allow them to do this in groups. From classes to books, get them learning together.
- Build Community: Humans are relational and desire to be apart of a community. Create this environment and you will have highly driven teams.
- Collaboration: The collective work of a group builds momentum. Individuals working in unison on projects, builds community.
- Celebration: Take time to have fun and enjoy life together. Celebrate birthdays, work anniversaries, and other achievements.
- Communication: Create an open dialogue with everyone and encourage the same among the team. This is much easier when collaboration and celebration have been established.
Team Unity Success
A team unified is a team that is set up for success. Each member will be solopreneurs working collectively in the community for a grand purpose. Momentum and passion will occur through growth and all will be rewarded for their diligence and dedication.