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What does TEAM mean for you?

Here is a snippet of a day I worked with a management group looking at how they could promote team effectiveness in their workplace.

During the workshop, one of the participants developed an acronym for the word TEAM:

Total Evolvement of All Members

The group then brainstormed the 'why' and the 'how' of assisting their teams to evolve.

What does 'evolvement' mean?

According to the Macquarie dictionary it means 'to develop gradually into a more complex or better form.'

Why is it important to help your team evolve?

  • For growth and advancement of both the individual and the team
  • Greater role satisfaction and motivation to achieve both individual and team goals
  • A great way to generate new ideas
  • Every person has 'buy in' to the team's direction and how it will achieve its goals
  • For continuous improvement
  • Reduces the turnover of team members – people will stay where they're nourished
  • Reduces absenteeism
  • Reduces operating costs
  • Enhances an organisation's image as a team player

How can this be achieved?

  • Through open and frequent communication between you and your team members
  • Providing training to assist team members to progress in their career path
  • Providing performance monitoring with appropriate feedback
  • Encouraging input into planning, decision making and operational aspects
  • Encouraging and supporting team members to take responsibility for their work and to assist each other
  • Valuing and rewarding individual and team efforts and contributions
  • Recognising and addressing issues, concerns and problems
  • Sharing information
  • Leading by example
  • Showing integrity, honesty, flexibility and reliability
  • Providing resources to team members

Is your team an evolving team? Do you have contributions for these lists?


Maria Pantalone

Maria Pantalone works with individuals and teams to make communication their strength so that their message is heard. Her programs help her clients to excel in their role and be recognised as leaders in their field.
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