Recipe to Build a Strong Successful Team
Abstract: Team building is like making a cake. It requires the right ingredients in the right proportions. The tradeoff between people-centric and task-focused skills is needed to bake the perfect, successful team.
Too much of people-concern could jeopardize the project’s success; too much of project pressures could lead to costly re-work. The cake should bake to a golden brown; not too light and not too black. Here is the recipe for project success through good team management.
Take lots and lots of people skills: understanding, patience, listening, and compassion.
Refer to the articles “Top 10 Qualities of Great Team Leaders” and
“The Top 10 Steps to Create Winning Teams“.
Add in the interested, talented individuals. Refer to the article 10 Traits of a Good Team Member. Mix it well. Keep aside for a week.
Take up a business project. Involve the people in defining the nitty-gritty details of the timeline plan for the project. Finalize the first Plan.
- Anticipate Risks
Throw in the risk elements, the expected uncertainties, and the contingency plan to mitigate or avoid these. Refer to the article Risk Management Reduces Project Fires. Add these ingredients to the Plan. Keep aside for a week.
- Estimate Right Fit
Now, after a weeks’ time, take a fresh look at the team members and the Plan. Have they jelled well? If yes, continue making the Team-Project Cake; else make the necessary replacements and change the ingredients for more suitable ones.
Mix well the skills and the people. Is the mixture palatable? Aggressive enough for the market conditions in which the project is to live? Is the team humane enough to withstand pressures with understanding and fun-filled excitement? Can they meet unexpected obstacles with determination and persistence? Do they have the ability and intelligence, the art and the science to plan and re-plan their project and personal Plans?
- Execute & Analyse
Now just allow the mixture to execute the project. Place it in the oven of business life. Bake well till tender and light brown.
(a) Analyse the Team culture Take the cake out when the project is over. How does the finished product look? Did the members work as a team? If yes, add the icing and yellow decorative roses depicting friendliness amongst the team members. Encourage and spread the word about the exemplary working conditions to be emulated within the rest of the company.
(b) Analyse the Customer Delight The next test: was the product and project completed as per the customer’s specifications and expectations? Refer to the articles “5 Steps to Better Manage Your Customers’ Expectations” and “5 Steps to Delight Your Customers “. Has the customer requested a repeat project? Did the customer already sign up for his next project(s)? If yes, add the red roses to the icing on the cake. Encourage and spread the word about the exemplary customer relationship building the team has achieved. Give them their promotions, monetary rewards, and awards. Recognize customer orientation in the team.
- Repeat Success
Keep this recipe safely. Takedown the tips, lessons, and techniques that the team has adopted to h receive the yellow roses of a friendly atmosphere and the red roses for customer satisfaction and delight. Repeat these tips, lessons, and techniques of successful team building in the next cake that you bake.
 Naseem Mariam, Article “Top 10 Qualities of a Great Leader”
 Naseem Mariam, Article “The Top 10 Steps to Create Winning Teams “
 Naseem Mariam, Article “10 Traits of a Good Team Member “
 Naseem Mariam, Article “Risk Management Reduces Project Fires”
 Naseem Mariam, Article “5 Steps to Better Manage Your Customers’ Expectations”
 Naseem Mariam, Article “5 Steps to Delight Your Customers “
About the Author: Dr. Naseem Mariam Ph.D. (Acu) heals people using Alternative therapies for over 10 years now. Earlier, she has worked for 24 years as a Senior Software Manager in Wipro and Aricent Technologies in the design and testing of applications and systems, managing large projects for customers worldwide. During 2001–2003, she wrote many articles on self-development, personal health, project management, and customer satisfaction. Revisiting that treasure trove and republishing those articles. She has authored an eBook called “Project Serenity – How to gain happiness and peace” and 3 books on Lifestyle and Wellness: “Serene Wellness: Daily Practise in 7 Areas”, “Belly Loss Blueprint: Come N.E.A.R. Vibrant Health” with its companion “Belly Loss Habits: Workbook to Vibrant Health”.