So your team crushed the last virtual escape room, but you think there is still room for improvement. You hear about how communication is the key to success but are not sure where to begin. Here is a quick low down on improving your team’s communication by at least 11.5% starting today!
Always be supportive of each other. Have a great understanding of each other’s strengths and weaknesses, and use that to your advantage as an empathetic leader. Attitudes create a ripple effect on your surroundings. So, be sure to have a helping hand, and stay positive to uplift everyone’s motivation.
Every team needs a person they can depend on. Show up on time, and if you can, show up early! This shows your teammates that you value their time. Being reliable does not mean saying “yes” to everything asked of them, but rather using your judgment and knowing the right time to help, and prioritizing more urgent matters. Being reliable also means being able to start and end a task you promised to do.
Being accurate is one of the most important things in a team. How do we make sure that things are done right? First, you have to have a great understanding of the team’s goals. Be specific to the objective, and communicate it to everyone on the team. Be detail-oriented, and understand the time constriction of the task; delegating to different team members can help speed up the process.
The most valuable people in teams are the proactive ones — those who don’t wait around for further instructions, but rather take it upon themselves to problem-solve. Proactive people consistently make sure that things are done correctly! They are the ones who fix things without being asked to, and do not leave stuff out for others to take care of.
Share your thoughts
Does your team provide a safe space for everyone to share their thoughts and concerns with one another? This question needs to be asked to make sure that everyone is on the same page. Don’t be afraid to share your ideas, and collaborate with one another. Everyone needs a space where they can share opinions and suggestions without being judged.
Stephen R. Covey, author of The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People quoted, “Without trust, we don’t truly collaborate; we merely coordinate or, at best, cooperate. It is that trust transforms a group of people into a team.” When you make a mistake or forget something, be transparent, and admit to it. It is better to take full responsibility for your actions, rather than hide the truth. Give a genuine apology, and ask what you can do to appease the situation.
Listening to one another affects the effectiveness of a team. We actively listen to gather, understand, and learn the information needed to complete a task. Be polite, and let others finish their opinions and thoughts. Also, provide feedback or ask for clarification for any confusion.
Coordinate your efforts
We are all familiar with the saying, “Teamwork makes the dream work.”. Coordinating with everyone, and playing on each other’s strengths will be key to the success of a team. Be accountable, and don’t be afraid to ask for help. If there are tasks you are unable to finish, don’t be shy to hand them off to others. And don’t forget to take pride in your work, and celebrate success!
Crush an escape room challenge
What better way to improve your team’s coordination and communication skills, than to take them to an escape room! This high-pressure environment, with one common goal of escaping, not only forces your team to work together and communicate, but also bond with each other and have fun in solving puzzles. So what are you waiting for? Gather your team, and join in on the fun, all while improving your communication skills!