Business Teams: Designing a Successful Team to Grow your Business

Designing a Successful Team to Grow your Business

Think of your business team as a group of artisans, each with a focused expertise. None can build your business alone, but when given a common goal, their collective performance creates the momentum needed to deliver results.

Team Building Blocks

To be successful, business teams need a well-crafted framework to guide them with the following components:

• Goals, specific and measurable, as the blueprint.

• Roles, distinct and articulated, as the tools.

• Commitment to reaching goals powers the team to move forward together.

• Rewards, financial and professional, are the concrete solidifying the team structure.

• Trust and respect for each other and team goals are the scaffolding supporting team efforts.

• Communication between members acts like wiring connecting all involved.

Team Structures

While fundamental building blocks are similar across all teams, how business teams work together will vary depending on the organization’s goals.

• Functional Teams are groups of experts focused on specific tasks. Each group brings a unique set of skills unduplicated by other groups. Goals cannot be reached without each functional group member contributing, making it easy for organizations to evaluate performance. Carpenters, electricians, and painters are examples of functional groups working together to raise a building, with tasks distinct and defined for each group.

• Hierarchical Teams are comprised of people with varying levels of expertise and responsibilities who are directed by leaders. Work is coordinated and guided by supervisors or managers who can quickly move teams in unison toward goals. On a large building site, a master plumber leads junior plumbers and apprentices; a site foreman manages all trade verticals to complete the project.

• Organic Teams are individuals who work together without role specialization and minimal management. Each member brings expertise to the team but is also adept at fulfilling responsibilities of other roles, giving the team a high level of flexibility. The absence of structure fosters informal communication and responsiveness to change. A team of ‘handymen’ pulls the best from each member to finish construction.

Your business will grow with teams structured to match the work needed to be done.

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