Developing strong team communication skills can be of great benefit. From better understanding, easier collaboration and higher productivity to more creativity, easier problem solving and less likelihood of conflict.
Respect your team members' time and energy and avoid overwhelming them. If you want to assign someone a task, first check if they have the time and desire to do it. If someone takes a break, it doesn't mean they are available to work. Offer to help if you see someone in need.
Effective teamwork is based on honesty and open communication. When a team member expresses that they disagree with the general idea, it provides a different perspective from which everyone can benefit.
Think before you speak and try to be as clear as possible. Miscommunication leads to misunderstandings that can cause a variety of problems for your team, including missed deadlines, errors, workflow bottlenecks, and even conflict.
Practice listening carefully to your colleagues and really understanding their point of view. Encourage the speaker and respond appropriately. In this way, you will improve communication and teamwork while showing that you respect other team members and their opinions.
Value constructive criticism from your colleagues because it can help you learn, grow and stay engaged. Even if you disagree with the feedback, accept it graciously, do not take offence, explain your point of view, and try to find common ground.
Have one-on-one meetings to provide feedback to team members and discuss where there is potential for growth. They need feedback on their performance to stay motivated and engaged.
If something is bothering you, address it in a respectful, neutral tone and try to resolve the problem immediately. You may find it difficult to deal with the problem, but by addressing it immediately, you clear the air and save yourself from building resentment.
Establish conflict resolution strategies so team members can address problems quickly, effectively, and honestly. That way, small problems don't become big ones. When team members fail to resolve conflicts quickly, tensions arise and work performance suffers.
Choose the right channel for contacting your team members. This is especially important if you're a team working remotely. Even in the office, a project management platform can be a better option as it's more organized and time-saving than a series of face-to-face meetings.
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