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Teams are built not bought and it can be a difficult and relentless task to build a team from scratch without the benefit of choosing the team in the first place. If you inherit a team you also inherit its ethos, its way of working, its motivations as well as its resentments. You can change the way of working and, though this takes time, it is worth the effort to transform.

So, either you build a team or you make a team. Either way, combining a random selection of disparate people together into a huddled group is the easy part. Successfully gelling and getting the team to work together is the challenge. Your immediate chance to establish the team begins with the simple and straightforward task of communicating the ethos in the first place. It may seem somewhat obvious, but do not all the best ideas seem obvious too?

They need to know why the team has been brought together, to build a particular solution and to deliver certain benefits. They need to understand where the effort of the team fits in the overall context of the organisational goals and objectives. They need to feel, and be part, of a larger entity than their own miraculous existence. They need to be part of your team.

Once they are a part of the team, they need to take part: to participate and add their energy to contribute to the energy of the combined team. They need to be aware that this extra power is vital and provides the added value and increases to the overall thrust of the team.



They will want to see and inspect the other team members. This is a basic natural human phenomenon. We want to sniff out the team to see where we stand within it, what our place is and what our likely contribution is. We are trying to determine are we the leader of the pack or a pride member. We are trying to uncover how we will identify with the group, how we fit in and what we will need to do to belong to, or preside over, the team. To grasp how we will contribute we will need to know what level of empowerment we have. Can we self manage the work, are we singing the tune or just being sung to?

This brings us to the definitions and the restrictions on the project. These are the things we can do and the things we cannot do; the constraints imposed or required by the project as well as the responsibilities we and our team members have. Finally, we need to know is all this clear, communicated, planned and managed. This is surely not simple or easy, we know.

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