I have been lucky enough to have been on several projects in my career which could all be considered high performing teams. They all had something in common – there was a certain camaraderie and sense of purpose that we all had together. Having a close bond and friendship with the team is so important for many reasons…
- You are spending more time with the team members than with your family so you better get along well or that would make for a miserable time
- When you work together on things with a close group you feel more confident in the ability to succeed
- There is no blame or second guessing of each other so the team is more productive
For those of you that have been on this type of team, it is almost addicting and you yearn for it when you are on teams that do not have it. The best way to tell if your project has ‘it’ is if people from outside your team want to be part of the team. For those who know me well, know that part of my style is to build close relationships with the team members so project work feels more like ‘friends helping each other out’ than work that is mandated.
Some of the ways that I build camaraderie on teams include…
- Teambuilding events outside of the office such as happy hours, sporting activities or going out to dinner
- Having lunch with different team members and groups on a regular basis
- MBWA – Getting out of the office and walking the floors
Camaraderie makes work feel much less like work and makes the days go fast.