• Donald Davis

The Power of Creating Cohesive Teams

The power of creating cohesive teams

It’s no secret that teamwork is crucial to the success of any organization. Research shows that teams with a high degree of cohesion are more productive, innovative, and effective than other groups. “Approximately 97% of employees believe lack of alignment within a team impacts the outcome of a task or project. And the opposite is true as well.” (Boyce)

The importance of teamwork has only become more apparent in recent times because of virtual work and COVID. More than simply working together to accomplish a goal or task, however, cohesive teams possess great power that can shift an organization.

How to create a cohesive team

There are three steps in creating team cohesion. First, create a common vision of the future. Second, the team needs to learn how to foster trust. Third, teams need to be able to hold each other accountable.

1. Common vision of the future

Creating a company, team, or project vision of the future isn’t fundamentally different. You have to consider the destination, the headwinds and tailwinds that will buffet the journey, and why this effort is important.

Having the team develop the vision and review it with other teams will provide a sense of ownership and shared responsibility.

2. The importance of fostering trust within a team

In building cohesive teams each individual needs to build empathy, respect, and trust among their peers.

Effective teams often rely on pattern recognition for decision-making, while poor teams use power structure and politics to make decisions. This means that the collective experience of the team is extremely valuable to be able to influence pattern recognition across the team. One individual’s experience may be extremely limited as would be their pattern recognition. However, a small team of five people can have a vast amount of experience that can help with overall decision-making.

3. Holding each other accountable

The best teams work together in setting goals but also pushing back when one team member or another is not performing. This level of accountability in teams broadly helps the overall organization manage performance. Not wanting to let your team down can be a strong motivator to looking at critical tasks and developing plans to deliver.

Potential Challenges to Cohesive Teams

There are a number of potential challenges to cohesive teams. One big challenge may be that the collective personalities may clash with unknown reasons for the challenges. In these cases, the DISC assessment provides a quantitative way of looking at personalities collaborating and changing together.

“The DISC assessment was developed in 1920 by psychologist William Moulton Marston as an attempt to identify people’s dominant traits so they could be better understood. The four categories are Dominance (D), Influencing (I), Steadiness (S) and Conscientiousness (C).” “These four letters represent the different ways people interact with others including how they take charge, what makes them tick or change.

By using a DISC profile for forming cohesive teams, you will learn about yourself and those around you so that you can work together more effectively every day at work or at home! You will also gain insight into how different personalities interact within groups of people who have similar goals but may not always see eye-to-eye on everything along the way towards achieving them. This is especially useful if there are any conflicts between members of your group because it gives everyone involved an opportunity to speak up about their feelings without fear of judgment or retribution from anyone else involved in the project/team/group dynamic!

If you are interested in building a cohesive team or if you would like for your team to take the DISC profile you should get in touch with the individuals at 5280 Life Science.

Reference

6 steps to improve team cohesion and achieve goals faster.

http://www.mindtools.com/pages/article/

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