Weekly Theme 15: Top Tips for Teamwork

This week we are looking into the first of our educational resources, Pack 1 – ‘Welcome, Discover, Participate’. This pack can be found on our website with all of our educational resources. Just click here, or login to the website and click the ‘Resources’ tab on the left of the screen. Part of this pack will show you how to form your team, and in this blog we are going to share some top tips for teamwork!

Three Top Tips for Teamwork 

Delegation

To be a successful team, all team members must have a particular task that they are responsible for. If your managing director controls everything then there is likely to be something that they forget, or something that they do wrong.

It is therefore important that you delegate. Appoint a managing director, and then directors who are in charge of different parts of the business. But don’t stop there! If you have a large team you can appoint managers who work under each of the different directors. For example, you may have a marketing director who is in charge of marketing, but then working in the same department you can have a market research manager and an events manager.

Delegating all of these responsibilities will ensure that each one is done very well, and is the key to a successful team.

Organogram

Once you have delegated it might be difficult to remember who reports to who in the business. To make this clear, the next top tip is to create an Organogram. This is a diagram showing the structure of your company, take a look at this example for inspiration:

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It doesn’t matter how many people are in your team or what departments you want, you can create an Organogram that is specific to your business. Remember, this one is just an example. The Organogram shows who your directors and managers are and shows who reports to who in the business, and is great for creating a solid management structure.

Meetings

Finally, a good team needs to communicate regularly, and this is best done through regular meetings. Part of the role of the managing director could be to schedule and run these meetings. Regular meetings are a good place for the whole team to get together, especially if your team is very large, and keep updated with each part of the business. For example, if you are focussed on marketing you may not know what is happening in production.

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Meeting are also a great place to plan your next move in the business. Are you going to expand your range of products? Expand your marketing? Change your production process? These are decisions that need to be made by everyone, and regular, scheduled meetings allow everyone to get together and decide these things.

Form Your Team!

Now that you know all about teamwork, access Pack 1, form your team and get started with your business!!

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