How To Create and Maintain A Good Team Spirit

After creating a team. it is important to keep the team spirit high, else, you loose your members one after the other. I put together THE Dos and Donts of keeping a spirit high.


1. Show That You Care About Every Team Member
Nothing brings more joy to any human than knowing that someone cares about them. See what Vince Lombardi says about caring for team  members:
"If you're going to play together as a team, you've got to care for one another. You've got to the love each other."

2. Do Not Try To Please Every Team Member
Because you want to show you care does not mean you have to please everyone. See what Bill Cosby says about pleasing everyone.
"I don't know the key to success, but the key to failure is trying to please everybody". Ok, Bill Cosby actually narrowed that to a single person, but it applies to a group of people (A team) too. Imagine if every team member tries to impress each other, they will lose their focus and fail in their pursuit.

3. Work With Every Team Member
Understand that if every member of the team is not working hand-in-hand they are no more a team but a workgroup. John Craig have a piece of advice on working with others, he said:
"No matter how much work you can do, no matter how engaging your personality may be, you will not advance far in business if you cannot work through others."

4. See Everyone As Important As You Are
Every member of the group is important, that is why they are a member of the group. Les Giblin says:
"You can't make the other fellow feel important in your presence if you secretly feel that he is a nobody."

5. Mistakes Will Occur, Forgive and Move On
No matter how professional a member of a team is, he/she is prone to mistakes. Mistakes will surely occur. Forgive and move on. It might be your turn tomorrow. See what Jessamyn West says:
"It is very easy to forgive others their mistakes; it takes more grit and gumption to forgive them for having witnessed your own."

6. Do Not Put Unnecessary Pressure On Yourself 
When it seems others are achieving more do not put yourself under unnecessary pressure on yourself to keep up with their pace. I am not saying you should be the weak link in your team but for you to focus on contributing your quota as expected. See what Will Rogers  says:
"Numbers don't mean anything...because it's people that count."

7. Set The Rules But Maintain The Relationship
Do not allow team members to be too familiar with themselves to the point that they begin to ignore the rules that guide the team. Use this simple formula:
R + R - R = R + R
(Rules and Regulations Minus Relationships Equals Resentment and Rebellion).

8. Do to others team members what you expect others to do to you: The Holy Bible says in Luke 6:31 NIV.
"Do to others as you would have them do to you."

9. Respect The Least Member Of The Team
Remember every team member plays an important role no matter how small. Thomas Carlyle says:
"A great man shows his greatness by the way he treats little men."

10. Brag About Collective Achievement
Avoid bragging about what you achieved alone. A wise man once said:
"If you want to loose your team member, quickly start bragging about yourself; if  you want to make and keep a good team spirit; brag about collective achievements."

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