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4 Team Building Hacks to Create a Dream Team

4 Team Building Hacks to Create a Dream Team

By now, you must have figured that the people you hire have a lot to do with how successful your company is going to be. This is why you can see many companies out there trying to personalize their recruitment process to look for the specific character traits and skillsets that can be easily teamed up and allow people to work together efficiently.

Yeah, that can certainly be a difficult task. And let me tell you something, even if you manage to do an excellent job during the recruitment process, it’s going to be hard to get to the dream-team phase.

All of the HR manuals out there make this part of business sound too boring and generic. It seems that somehow, in the process of increasing revenue and cutting down expenses, people have forgotten that it’s the connection that matters; that spark that ignites productivity when there is chemistry within a team.

Without further ado let’s get down to business. Here are some tips on how to create a team everyone would like to be a part of.

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1. Reshape Interview Process

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    In the last couple of years, we have seen some really interesting questions that were standard during job interviews in some of the biggest companies in the world. Many of you may have thought to yourself, “Why didn’t I come up with this? It’s so cool!” Well, to be honest, it’s good that you didn’t. Even, Laszlo Bock, former head of human resources at Google, admitted that those have proven to be terrible tools to identify the best potential employees.

    You won’t make any mistake if you sit down and write some of the questions. In the end, if you create a question, you will be the one who knows best what kind of response works best. A good start would be to write down your business goals and what it takes to achieve them, as well as what it took to get to the current state of your business. Check if the candidates have the same mindset as yours, as it is really important to be on the same page.

    2. Create a Positive Working Atmosphere

    There are several crucial things that you should always keep in mind when trying to create a dream team. Organizational culture, relationships between team members and supervisors and, of course, the possibility for personal development.

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    Everything should start and end with a conversation. This is why, right from the start, you need to encourage co-workers to exchange all the information that has value for team progress. The best way to make the employees feel that they belong in the organization is to feed their need to feel like they are contributing in more than one way. If you keep an open form of communication with them, especially during meetings, there is a great chance that their paycheck won’t be the only incentive in their motivation repertoire.

    Also, try to bring diversity to the workplace. There are some really cool software tools that can lift the team’s spirit by spicing things up with mini games. For instance, you can use time-tracking software like Toggl, Hubstaff or RescueTime to create multiple “timed goals” for each team member and organize a competition with symbolic rewards. This game will also increase time-management skills for both you and the team.

    3. Become a Great Leader

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      You already possess most of the qualities that make a good leader. You just need to embrace them and let them work out for you. Just wait and you will see, some of them are embedded in our human nature.

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      Let’s start with honesty. Honesty is a characteristic found in all great team leaders and when you practice it, it leaves you with that great feeling in your chest. When you make honesty a key virtue, you can expect that your co-workers will follow your example. Honesty is a pillar of every helpful and friendly workspace.

      Next in line is confidence. I’ve already mentioned how your behavior reflects on the team as a whole. Well, confidence is something very important, especially in times when things aren’t going according to plan. If you remain calm during difficult times, team morale will flourish and everyone will be working and moving ahead with their crosshairs on a larger goal.

      4. Reinvent Team Building

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        Team Building is a time when your employees should not feel like it is another “business” day. The emphasis should be on spending time together and sharing some unique experiences, even if that’s something a bit outside of someone’s comfort zone.

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        When you are planning a team building activity or creating one, you should also set some goals. You can organize events where people can discover what motivates and demotivates other team members. Or, play a game that shows the value of everyone’s ideas. Also, don’t restrain from trying the good old get to know each other games. Not only will your co-workers get the chance to find out something new about their colleagues, but you can also use this material for future team building events.

        Team building games are also an excellent opportunity to improve problem-solving skills and to inspire creativity. These types of games are popular by the name “Use what you have”. For newly formed teams, a scavenger hunt game can improve collaboration and teamwork, and you can always make it more interesting with clues and riddles.

        Conclusion

        As you can see, building a good team is a process and it can be hard at times. But, let those “hard” times and how your team passes through them serve you as a key indicator of where the team is going. Feel free to make adjustments on the go. In the end, you will see that it’s all about the soft skills and the chemistry that

        Feel free to make adjustments on the go. In the end, you will see that it’s all about the soft skills and the chemistry that develops between team members when it comes to increasing productivity and morale at the workplace.

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        Ivan Dimitrijevic

        Ivan is the CEO and founder of a digital marketing company. He has years of experiences in team management, entrepreneurship and productivity.

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        Last Updated on June 29, 2020

        How Does Setting Goals Lead to Success?

        How Does Setting Goals Lead to Success?

        As well as being the founder of Lifehack, I also help people on a one-to-one basis through life coaching.

        I’ve been doing this for more than 10 years now and have helped hundreds of clients reevaluate their lives and turn inertia into progress and failure into success.

        A common theme I’ve noticed with many of my clients is that they don’t have any definite goals to aim towards.

        This has always surprised me, as goal setting is frequently recommended by self-improvement gurus, performance coaches, and business leaders. It’s also something that I learned at university and have implemented successfully in my life ever since.

        If you’re similar to the majority of my life coaching clients and you don’t have any definite goals to aim for, then you’re missing out on what is probably the most powerful personal success technique on the planet.

        The good news is—you’ve come to the right place for help with this.

        In this article, I’ll explain exactly what goal-setting is and how you can put it into action in your life. As you’ll discover, it’s a key that can open many doors for you.

        An Introduction to Goal Setting

        Goals can be big, small, short-term, long-term, essential, or desirable. But they all share one thing: They will give you something to aim for.

        This is important. As just like a ship without a destination, if you have no goals, you’ll end drifting aimlessly.

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        Goals give you purpose. They also give you drive and enthusiasm. In other words—they make you feel alive!

        If you’ve never spent time setting goals before, then here’s what I recommend you to do:

        1. Take some time to evaluate all areas of your life (health, career, family, etc.).
        2. Determine which of these areas need a boost.
        3. Think of ways in which to achieve this (for example, if you want to boost your health, you could eat less and exercise more).
        4. Set some definite goals that you would like to achieve.
        5. Write down these goals, including the date you want to accomplish them by.

        Now, before you get started on the above, I want to make one thing clear: Goals are not wishful thinking!

        By this, I mean that while your goals should be ambitious, they shouldn’t be unrealistic or verging into fantasy land.

        For example, wanting to be promoted at work would be a realistic goal while wanting to be President of the United States might not be. (Of course, feel free to prove me wrong!)

        If you’re new to the world of goal setting, then I’d recommend you start with easy-to-achieve goals. These could be things such as eating a healthy breakfast, walking more, taking regular breaks from your screen, and sleeping early.

        These simple goals might take you a month or so to achieve, including making the daily practices a habit.

        Once you’ve successfully accomplished these goals, you’ll find your self-confidence grows, and you’ll be ready to set yourself some bigger goals.

        Here are a few examples that you might want to choose or adapt to your personal circumstances:

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        • Run a marathon
        • Buy a new car
        • Learn a new language
        • Travel around the world
        • Change career
        • Retire early
        • Write a book

        I’m sure you can think of many more things that you would like to achieve. As the famous Shakespeare line neatly states: “The world is your oyster!”

        Now, the trick with big goals (as I’ll show in an example shortly) is to break them down into small, bite-sized chunks. This means you’ll have a big end goal, with smaller goals (sometimes referred to as objectives) helping you to gradually achieve your main aim.

        When you do this, you’ll make big goals more achievable. Plus, you’ll have an easy way to track how far along the road to your goal you are at any given point in time.

        Let’s see this in action…

        Going from an Idea to a Global Success

        Everything starts with an idea.

        And there appears to be no shortage of good ideas in the world. But there is a shortage of people willing to put these ideas into action!

        This is the essential step that will move you from being a dreamer to an achiever.

        Back in 2005, when I first had the idea for Lifehack, I really only considered it to be a platform to record some of my productivity and self-improvement techniques. I’d developed these during my time at university and as a Software Engineer at Redhat.

        However, based on the number of views and positive feedback I received on the first few articles, I quickly realized that Lifehack had the potential to be a popular and successful website—a site that could help transform the lives of people from all across the world.

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        It was at that point that I decided to set some goals in place for Lifehack.

        The way I did this was to set specific targets for different areas of the business:

        1. Number of articles published
        2. Amount of time spent writing and promoting the articles
        3. Number of new readers
        4. Number of new email subscribers
        5. Revenue generated from ads

        For each of the above, I set weekly, monthly, and yearly targets. These targets were realistic but were also ambitious. In addition, I wrote down the necessary steps to take to achieve each target within the specified time frame.

        This goal setting had a powerful impact on my motivation and energy levels. Because I could clearly see what needed to be done to achieve each goal, I found a purpose to my tasks that made them exciting to complete. Each small target achieved took me closer to accomplishing the bigger goals.

        For example, my initial goals for writing articles were for just five a week, which equated to 20 per month and just over 100 per year. However, as I dedicated more and more time to Lifehack, I found I was able to exceed my initial goals.

        This led me to increase the numbers. Of course, there’s a limit to how many articles one person can write. So when the readership began to exponentially increase, I started to hire other writers to help me out with the site’s content.

        From my initial goal of just over 100 articles per year, I’ve used goal setting to help Lifehack publish more than 35,000 articles to date. This is now the largest collection of original self-development articles in the world.

        And in terms of readership—this has skyrocketed from a few dozen in 2005 to several million in 2020.

        And of course, I have many new goals for Lifehack, including expanding our range of online courses.

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        My original goal has always remained the same though: To change people’s lives for the better.

        Goal Setting Can Transform Your Life

        If you haven’t yet experienced the incredible power of goal setting, then now’s the time to get started.

        Build a definite picture of what you want to accomplish, break it down into small, achievable steps, and then start taking action!

        You’ll be able to change all areas of your life using this method, including boosting your health, improving your relationships, and transforming your career. You may also want to use goal setting to start a new hobby or plot a path to a prosperous and peaceful retirement.

        So please don’t wait for success to drop in your lap (which it is highly unlikely to do). Instead, decide on exactly what you want, then make a plan to get it. This is the secret to lifelong success.

        Legendary motivational speaker and author Paul J. Meyer said it well:

        “Goal setting is the most important aspect of all improvement and personal development plans. It is the key to all fulfillment and achievement.”

        Final Thoughts

        Now, let me leave you with five questions that will help you think about your future:

        1. What would you like to be doing in 3, 5, and 7 years?
        2. What things make you happiest?
        3. How can you share your knowledge and experience?
        4. Who can help you achieve your goals?
        5. What would you like to be your legacy?

        Take plenty of time to think about these questions. When the answers come, you’ll be able to start building a picture of how you’d like your life to be—and what goals you need to set to make this picture a reality.

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