Updated: Oct 14, 2020
Across every industry, working with cross-functional teams has become the norm. In the construction industry in particular, managing internal and external teams is crucial to the success of a project and the growth of a company.
In today’s ever-changing world, team cognition positively contributes to a team’s performance beyond other emergent states and team processes.
Putting together a team of experienced and talented professionals does not guarantee synergy or the success of a project. Here are some key elements to build dream teams in our industry:
A great leader is, in many ways, a coach. Much like a sports team, the leader’s main responsibility is to unify a team around the objectives of the project, and rally both internal and external teams around said objectives. An effective leader in construction will create a safe environment where people’s strengths are utilised for the benefit of the project.
Dream teams know how to communicate effectively, internally and externally. Within the team, project teams should be able to present and discuss ideas freely and openly, where each member is given the opportunity to have their voice heard. They must be open to giving and receiving constructive feedback from each other. Externally, dream teams know that tailored messaging is the key to successful communication; because construction projects involve many stakeholders with different priorities, it’s important that teams create tailored messaging that addresses the needs and wants of each audience. Dream teams ensure that communications messages are always aligned with the overall project vision.
Diverse teams are a key component to dream teams in the construction industry. Each team consists of people from different backgrounds, perspectives and schools of thought, and each person is selected because they bring the value and expertise that works best for the project. Dream teams know how to leverage the diversity within each team to achieve the best results possible. Each person’s unique strengths are valued, and applied to aspects of the project that will help the team as a whole deliver a successful outcome.
Dream teams know that the value of the team is greater than any individual team member, therefore, collaborative practices are established before the start of each project. Teams use the best available resources to ensure there is consistent collaboration within the team, whether in-person or online. Each person may bring a particular skill set to the team, but dream teams know that this does not mean they should work in silos. Working collaboratively throughout the project ensures that the project team is always aligned, and allows for more opportunities for teams to innovate as a group.
Construction dream teams trust each other and the choices made by each team member. Trust involves respect for the expertise of your peers, but also open communication and understanding. Each member of the team can rely on the other to put their best foot forward, and provide a meaningful contribution to the project. If trust is broken, dream teams work together to rebuild that trust for the sake of a cohesive team and successful project.
Everyone has to buy into the objectives of the project from the get-go. Dream teams are those that understand this and can recognise team members who are no longer committed. An effective leader can help guide withdrawn team members back on track. A dream team is passionate and is always committed to the success of the project.
At BESPOK, creating dream teams is the ultimate objective to ensure future success in delivering each and every construction project. The importance of a conscious curation of the best possible team will elevate the quality of projects and the urban development environment as a whole. We value and understand this to be the cornerstone at BESPOK.