One for All, All for One!

How to form a strong team in which everybody gives his or her best?

Especially in a team situation, each individual person may not tap into his/her full potential. What is to blame?

In the 19th century, French agricultural engineer Maxililian Ringelmann discovered that if two horses pull a carriage, the pull  performance is not twice as much as with only one horse. Additional tests showed that the average individual performance decreases as the number of people involved increases. The Ringelmann Effect describes the fact that people within a group deliver less performance than the expected sum of their individual performances.

 The reason for this loss of efficiency of individuals in a group is the individual’s impression that his/her performance does not impact the overall result of the group as significantly. The individual also believes that his/her personal performance cannot be identified. This impression becomes stronger the bigger the group. The individual group members also doubt that their individual (special) effort will have any effect.

 The Ringelmann Effect can also be found in the overall economy and is known as an efficiency killer in large organisations. In contrast, for SMEs an individual’s strength can be more easily identified. In small teams it is hardly possible to hide behind colleagues. As an SME manager, you can take advantage of this strength. Watch out that the Ringelmann Effect has no chance to creep in by following these rules:

 How to form a strong team in which everybody gives his or her best:

•    Individual performance must be recognised. Employees must notice that their dedication is identified and appreciated.

•    One for all, all for one! Encourage the team spirit by highlighting every individual contribution to the overall result. Only if everybody acts in concert will the goal be achieved.

•    Target the goal! A common goal is a strong motivator. Create principles and visions which motivate the employees to commit to their company. Set goals which are an incentive for everybody.

•    Arouse! From time to time, disturb deadlocked routines or decreased resources. New tasks and structures create drive and force the group to reorganise itself and the work more efficiently.

If this topic is of interest to you, ask about the BEITRAINING® Programmes Leading Your Team© (LYT) or Advanced Sales Management©(ASM).

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