Teach Your Team Skills Outside the Technical

It's important that teams learn more than just technical skills in the workforce.

A good manager doesn’t just lead their team to success, but also expands their skillset outside of their expertise. We’re not necessarily only talking about the technical aspects of their jobs, but the more emotional and understanding methods as well.

This is especially true if you’re heading a young team. You can prepare them for the rigors of one day running their own team using the skills passed on to them by you.

Teach Them to Appreciate Others Feelings

The idea of separating work from personal life isn’t easy. There are times when personal problems and anxieties can seep into the workplace. The pressures of their job or a tight deadline can also make people act out of sorts.

Team members need to see these changes and be there for support. They also need to acknowledge these feelings even if they may not understand why or how they’re manifesting. If the problems become worse or interfere with the ability to work with the team, then the manager should step in.

If your team can be supportive and understanding of other team members and their problems, then it can lead to a closer-knit group.

It’s Good to be a Go-Getter

When it comes to separating the people that will go far and those that won’t, drive is a major factor. An employee with less than perfect skills, but a high drive for success can go much farther than an employee with great skills and no initiative.

If you can teach your team members to be driven for success, then the team will thrive. The ability to not only do their job but to see ways to improve and be more efficient is integral to future success. It doesn’t mean competition between team members, but looking for ways to make the entire team better.

Curiosity Killed the Cat but Saved the Team

People like to go with the flow. They don’t like to make waves and have a difficult time asking for help or getting more information when they need it. They’ll try to do their job without it and it won’t be their best.

It’s important to teach team members that it’s ok to be curious and to ask questions when needed. People don’t want to look like they don’t know how to do something, but without asking about it, you won’t get the best results.

They should also be good at listening to each other. It doesn’t necessarily mean criticism, but being able to listen to the opinions and thoughts of team members and use that to improve their own performance.

Take Responsibility for Their Actions

No one wins in the blame game. The cliché of corporate life is backstabbing and maneuvering, but that leads to a poor team and little success. Mistakes happen and rather than placing the blame on another member of the team, they need to accept their part in it.

Blaming someone else leads to animosity and more blaming. They should take responsibility for their actions. This gives them character and allows them to grow from the experience.

These are beliefs that we at Upward Enterprise treasure and try to instill in many of the team building activities we provide. For more information about our team building in Maryland, please contact us.

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