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10 Ingredients for an Effective Team – The Recipe to Success

In business, success is a result of a perfectly orchestrated and collaborated team effort. In fact, without a team to back you up, success can be next to impossible. It is important to understand that teams are built through time. You cannot possibly expect your team to work out on the first day. There are different factors to consider for someone wanting to build a winning and effective team. I’ve put my thoughts together on the necessary ingredients for an effective team. Scan through these and you’ll find a pointer or two that you can later apply to your team.

Good leadership

This is the most critical and must be the top of all priorities. The leader establishes the team’s drive for excellence. Thus, it is important to develop leadership skills. It is important to note that a leader faces a multi-faceted role as mentor, cheerleader, slave driver, and counselor; and sometimes, even as a servant. A leader could make or break up a team, so if you are a leader in your team, step up to the role and do not turn back.


Goals serve as the team’s guiding compass, the direction for any organization. Knowing your own goals, and the goals of your business, will motivate your team members to contribute immensely to the team since goals give them a sense of purpose. Communicate to them the goals of your organization so you are sure that you are on the same page with the rest of the group.


Commitment is vital for your team’s perseverance. Whilst involvement says “Yes, I’ll do this”, Commitment says “Yes, I’ll do this, and will be with you on the same page until the end.” Commitment is very important to a team because it tells you that everybody will be there and will be helping out, even more than the 8 to 5 workday, and even, against the odds.

Communication Communication bridges gaps and will create the firm bonds of the team. There can never be too much communication in a team. Everybody must know that communication lines are open and that everybody should be willing to listen. As long as communication lines are open, the team will be okay. Trouble usually sets in if people do not communicate anymore.


Organisation is the cornerstone of any team if you’re to prevent an ambiguous environment from existing. You need to organise your team so that every member of the will function according to their specialisation or their assigned tasks. In this way, the team will be able to rise to all challenges of the business and you’ll get quality outputs as a result.


Collaboration will be occur if there’s a clear division of labor. Division of labor will make the team members function better than have a much generalised version of what to do.
Competence Good relations and positive attitude can only do so much. Another vital ingredient in teams is individual competence. This means, everybody must be able to contribute to the different areas needed to complete your business’ objectives. Without competent individuals, a team can only do a small fraction of the work needed, and that means the entire team become ineffective.

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If you currently don’t have the full support and respect of your team then you may be experiencing a leadership issue and this is where a Business Coaching Program may be a solution. Respect should always be present in a team, since without it, you’re not moving forward. Furthermore, respect breeds trust, and with trust your team will be more than willing to help out.


Passion is by far one of the most important traits present in a team and this comes from the top. When You are passionate about your work, vision and mission, you are more than willing to go beyond expectations, go beyond the norms. That same passion will get you and your team motivated to stretch.

Start with these traits and you are well on your way to a more efficient and effective team. If your team building problems are more serious and need more work, then you need to be letting us work with you to inject the kind of world-class business coaching excellence we are recognised for by both our clients and peers.

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Leadership Styles: Organisational versus Self-Managed Teams

When most people think of teams, they envision a fairly traditional, hierarchical system. Managers, team leaders and team members all slot neatly into place in this picture. For some leaders, though, better results can be had by adopting a freer kind of structure.

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The Value of Skills & Training For Business Owners

The key to running a successful business is accessing a range of complex skills outside your own abilities. As the business owner you may be a first-rate carpenter but if you don’t have someone with the skills to run your office, you run the risk of running out of clients.

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Organisational Development: How It Helps Your Business

Rumen Iliev defines organizational development as, ‘improving a company’s performance and individual development of its employees. Each organization should be viewed as a coherent system composed of separate parts. Organizational development as a process includes methodologies and achievements in strategic planning, organizational design, leadership development, coaching, diversity and balance between work and life.’

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Top Nine Qualities Of A Great Leader

David Hakala, defines leadership rather neatly as, “one’s ability to get others to willingly follow.” I think the word worth noticing in this statement is ‘willingly’. The ability to have others follow enthusiastically has to be a key element of good leadership.

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Ethical Management & Leadership

The modern Oxford Dictionary defines the word ethical as, ‘relating to moral principals or the branch of knowledge dealing with these. For example: morally correct: can a profitable business ever be ethical?’

The dictionary as defines the word ethical, ‘principles concerning the distinction between right and wrong or good and bad behavior.’

Ethical philosophy in the Western tradition has been divided into three types:

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Management Skills & Leadership: Why You Need Both

If you have read books or excerpts from Ken Blanchard or John P. Kotter then you already understand the importance and principals of management skills & leadership –

Management Skills & Leadership: Why You Need Both
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Productivity Secrets for Business Owners

David Guest, a business coach based in Melbourne tells us that,

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Creating an Environment That Fosters Team Efficiency

As any successful business leader knows, the success of their business depends on the synergies that they create among their team members, and that dream teams are not built based on theory and concepts but through application and doing.

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How Leadership and Team Development fosters Employee Engagement

A leader is literally the captain of the ship in any kind of business organization. When you are a leader, you have the heavy burden of having to carry the entire team to the end of the line – company success. Leadership is no easy feat. It is something that entails a lot of patience and effort, not to mention tons of skill and human relations. You, the leader, are responsible for fostering a good working environment, not to mention a generally participative atmosphere at work.

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