All teams are only as great as the members and leaders on them. Whether we’re talking about a promotional marketing team or a high school rugby team, there’s normally a harmonious mix of je ne sais pas that allows the team to perform at its best. So what is it? Yes, the market conditions (Economy) are at play when it comes to success; but if we zoom in on the people and mute all other factors, what would be needed to assemble your company’s ‘Dream Team’. Dream teams are those who exceed their business objectives, celebrate individual contribution and are passionate about employee engagement and cohesion!
After doing some research we determined that personality traits, training programs, and identifying individuals with potential are a great starting place for building a highly effective business team.
In the 70’s researchers came up with the BIG 5; a snapshot of the 5 personality traits that all people fall within. These should be viewed as a scale and not absolute, meaning that people fall somewhere along the scale rather than landing on one definitively. Analyzing job descriptions and staffing the people needed for the role according to the percieved temperament needed for the role is a good place to start. Always keep in mind that people are complex, so staffing is not always a black and white endeavor. Use the big 5 to determine what the different personality types look like to use as a guide. Here’s what it looks like:
– Openness: This would be the employee who is imaginative and open to new ideas.
– Conscientiousness: These employees are organized and thorough. They are calculated in their execution of things and tend to have cleaner workspaces.
– Extraversion: The associated characteristics of a team member that falls within this category would be someone who is energetic, assertive and tends to be more talkative.
– Agreeableness: These employees will be compassionate and affectionate towards those they work with. They’ll typically be described as kind.
– Emotional stability (or Neuroticism): These teammates tend to be moody and tense. Anxious is how they tend to be described.
As we move on from analyzing personality types, I think it’s important to train employees by pairing them with others who have similar temperments. When an employee feels safe and understood they’re more likely to succeed. Have you ever thought of allowing employees learn at their own pace? I know, this sounds counter productive to the dollars you’ve invested in training, but just because the training is a week long doesn’t mean the employee will take a week to learn the material. Everyone learns at a different pace and honouring that may provide you with a highly productive employee at the end. Of course, there’s such a thing as taking too long to learn and adapt, and that’s where it’d be up to management to decide whether the hire was smart!
The final element of a dream business team is to hire people who have the potential to add TRUE value to your team and company. In a perfect world, HR professionals would hire each employee at a level 10, meaning they are highly skilled and experienced, ready to hit the ground running. The alternative would be to hire someone at a level 6, and help them develop into the 10 that your company seeks! If an employee is extremely skilled in one area and less experienced in others that are essential for success, does it mean that they aren’t a good fit? Maybe they are, maybe they never will be but It’s important to to assess the hire and make a well-informed decision about the person and what level they have the potential to perform at!
Enjoy your dream team and reward them accordingly as they outperform and outlast!