Launching a Successful Team in the Workplace

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Instructor: Tonya Brewer

Tonya has a Master of Science degree in Accounting.

In this lesson, we'll learn about launching successful teams in the workplace. Teamwork is very important in the business world and can drive the success of a company.

What Is a Team?

In the workplace, a team can be defined as any group of people organized to work together interdependently and cooperatively to meet the needs of customers. A team can be large or small, long-term or short-term and its makeup will depend on what it wishes to accomplish.

A team might be departmental or cross-functional depending on which works best for a company. A departmental team is a group of people who work in the same area or department. These teams typically focus on issues that affect their department and ways to improve it. For example, sales teams often meet to discuss clients or new sales strategies. Cross-functional teams consists of employees from different departments who meet to achieve a certain goal. These teams can prove particularly beneficial when implementing new policies or procedures or developing new products that will affect various departments, allowing each affected department to provide insight. For example, say you're looking at changing your company's website. You would need someone from the IT department, of course, but employees from other departments would be needed as well to provide insight on the functionality of the new site.

How to Build a Successful Team

To build a successful team, you need to get to know each other so that you understand one another's strengths and weaknesses. This can allow each person to do what they do best to support the team's goal, thus helping the team to be efficient and strong. You're also likely to learn what drives each team member and discover what motivates them to excel beyond expectations. You'll also need to set clear roles and responsibilities for each team member. It's important to remember that as a team, each person will rely on the other members. The roles will be interconnected and will have to be structured to accommodate this. The expectations should be clear and communicated to each member.

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