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How to create a winning team — at home or work

Have you ever felt your family is more disconnected than united? And, does your workplace family feel more like a group of competitors — even backstabbers?

Oftentimes, members of any group start to play against each other. The tension rises as time goes by. Before long, the team starts to crumble.

But incorporating new strategies can help save the day. New behaviors, goals and thoughtful communication can help.

Every adult can help to stabilize teams of people by developing relationship skills to help pull people in the same direction. And it doesn’t hurt to teach these skills to children in your life, as well.

Here are some tips for building a great team:

Appoint someone to the leadership role. Even if it’s more like a low-key supportive role, working on the sidelines to help bring out the best in everyone, helps to lower tension.

Ask if others need more information. Don’t just assume they do or do not. Always tell your team members, “Let me know if you need anything from me.” This makes it safe for others to approach you without worrying about feeling judged.

Learn to speak in clear, visual pictures. For instance, if you must describe some help you need from co-workers, say, for example: “I need all of you to write one or two paragraphs for the company brochure telling about your job role. Be sure to put in any good problem-solving skills you enjoy using.” Don’t say: “Write a little something about yourself for the brochure.”

Be aware of nonverbal behaviors in others. This way, you can detect when someone feels isolated or angry. For instance, if one of your family members is quiet and pulls away from the family, you can make it a point to ask if you can help in any way.

Encourage all to work as a unified force. Whether it’s your family or your work group you’re dealing with, your team can function better if all players work together. This means everyone should feel respected and deeply appreciated by the others. A friendly pow-pow, which can be an office meeting or a family meeting, can help everybody on your team feel he or she does matter.

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