In the modern business organization, it is vital to cultivate highly effective teams. Putting resources into creating cohesive teams can be a sound long-term investment for any business looking to grow or increase its market share. The old cliché that the employees are the most important part of a business is truer today than it ever has been, and getting them to work together to form efficient teams can be hugely beneficial for a company. Specialist management and business consultants such as Haris Ahmed have built a career on analyzing and helping businesses make the most out of their employees collective power. In a recent interview, Haris Ahmed outlined some of his thoughts on the nature of highly effective teams.
Haris Ahmed is Successful CEO of Management Consultancy Group in Chicago, Pragmatium Consulting. As suggested by the title of the business, Haris Ahmed takes a pragmatic approach to transforming business, and often one of the best ways to do this is cultivate highly-functioning employee units. What is important to outline at first for Haris Ahmed, is the distinction between teams and groups. For him, the main difference between a group and a team is that team members are equally committed to a common purpose and goal, which they cannot reach individually, such as those set by a business. The purpose and goal can only be met when the individuals come together as a team and pool their skills and resources. A team needs to articulate common purpose, goals and an agreed upon working approach. Secondly, for a team to perform well, its members need to hold themselves mutually accountable.
In Haris Ahmed‘s and Pragmatium Consulting’s approach to consultation, forming solid strategy is key to long term success. As he highlights above, if a business has a coherent and agreeable strategic direction, it is much easier to form highly effective teams to work towards this common goal.
For Haris Ahmed, all of us serve on so many teams in our personal and professional lives, but we do a disservice to the team if we don’t check our commitment and make sure it aligns with their personal value system and other time commitments. His advise is for businesses to convey their goals and strategies clearly, which will in turn give the employees and teams something to work towards. You can watch Videos about Haris Ahmed Chicago on Vimeo.