Turning a Bevy of Staffers into a High-Performance Team Takes Purpose, Leadership and Communication, Says Small Business Consultant Denise O'Berry

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As small businesses and entrepreneurial startups expand, they don't always coalesce into a well-oiled machine. Conflicts and cross-purposes among employees can disrupt the organization. But with purpose, leadership, and communication, owners and managers can enjoy high-performance teamwork among staff.

As small businesses and entrepreneurial startups expand, they don't always coalesce into a well-oiled machine. Conflicts and cross-purposes among employees can disrupt the organization. But with purpose, leadership, and communication, owners and managers can enjoy high-performance teamwork among staff. Tampa-based consultant Denise O'Berry, president of The Small Business Edge Corporation says, "The biggest mistake many companies make is just changing the name of a work group to 'team'. It won't make them successful. Managers can't just call their employees a team, they have to help them be one." O'Berry offers these team-building tips and many others on her new website http://www.teambuildingtips.com

  • Define the team based on high-level business objectives and expected outcomes. A team needs to be formed around a common goal, and it needs to measure its success against those objectives.
  • Create a reward plan that is easy to use and is spontaneous. Make a big deal out of accomplishments. Individual recognition in a team environment helps build a sense of involvement, ownership, and commitment.
  • Be open, honest, and realistic in your promises. Speak with team members frequently to keep the "rumor mill" from distorting the truth about whatever change is or is not about to happen.
  • Empower your team. Give them direction, knowledge, resources and support. Help team members grow by delegating new tasks to them. Bring a team member along to meetings so other people get used to the team member's presence. Eventually you will be able to send the team member alone.

With more than two decades of operational and management experience, Denise O'Berry helps businesses identify ways they can retool to become a sleeker, more smoothly running organization. For tools and tips on working together better as a team, visit http://www.teambuildingtips.com

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Denise O'Berry, President

The Small Business Edge Corp

Phone: 813.671.5996

Email: denise@whatspossible.com

http://www.deniseoberry.com

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