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22nd Aug 2022

Architect Africa Online

Africa's Leading Architecture Aggregator

Team cohesion, secret to success

A birds’ eye view of the new Bosjes Winkel and Spens, a shop and café set among landscaped gardens at the Bosjes Estate in the Breede River Valley.

Complex projects are successfully completed by teams and not individuals. The contractor, employer and whole professional team must “come to the party” and take hands in order to work together towards one goal.

Within a team effort no one is more important than the other. Serving the common goal becomes the main focus. Strong leadership keep all team members focused on their individual tasks. We need to ask ourselves: “Am I a team player or do I only want to boost my own ambitions?”

Choose your team members wisely. The fact that a specific potential team member has previous experience of a specific task should not be the only requirement to be picked for the job. Character outweighs experience in tough situations. To be successful you need gutsy members with character to rather persuade those with “experience” why a job can be done, than not. David knew what he was capable of and did not listen to the negativity when he decided to face Goliath.

An equally balanced team has a far greater chance to success than one that is off balanced. One individual super talented person does not make the soccer team win, teamwork does. For that, all need to pull together.

It may also mean that fellow team members have to pick up the weakest link in order for all to succeed. Rather than leaning on someone else, we all should uplift each other.

Strong leadership, character and equal effort can only function well with proper communication. In this day and age of more connectivity and less connection, team members must go the extra mile to communicate efficiently. It’s the responsibility of the communicator to ensure they communicate in such a way to ensure the receiver hear them correctly. No use you shout at a teammate to pass the ball, but he is too far away and can’t hear you. Get closer so he can hear you, he will pass you the ball.

Teams that work well together, stay together and are more successful. People will more often stay at a work environment that is pleasant to work in, rather then leaving for greener pastures. Having that special “glue” that keep a team together in cohesion is key to success.

At 2iiConsulting we focus on the project and work alongside fellow team members to one common goal. We are team players that have build our character and are always passionately involved in all our projects. The size of a project does not matter when you put your heart into it.

Put us to the test.

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