Here are the next two steps I take to build a team:
Take 5 minutes
Showing up early to a meeting or to work and spending those few minutes getting to know someone pays off. People say what they need, share what’s important to them and are constantly speaking through their body language. People like to talk about themselves, so get them talking.
I recently sat down with a friend who asked my advice on building a team when you have a team composed of fresh-out-of-college team members to mid-career team members and the experienced-this-is-how-we-do-things team members. I don’t think he appreciated the answer, because there is no quick and easy way to build a team.
Words have power. Words spoken out of time can hurt regardless of their validity. Words spoken in the right moment can breath life into an individual. The same holds true for actions. Timing is an important. A great leader has masters timing.
Justice is a leader’s singular responsibility. We are to Ensure justice to individuals our their teams, throughout the organization and our communities. You can read part 1 here where we discussed Justice for individuals.
Justice for Organization
If an Engineer III in your department is at a lower pay grade than and Engineer III in a different department – that’s an injustice that must be fixed. Scapegoating HR is not an option. Partnering with HR is the way to fix this. If the jobs are different then change the titles so people know there is a difference. Justice must be served throughout the entire organization not just within your department. Otherwise, people will know the injustice being served and seeds of discontent will grow.