What makes a team strong?


Successful groups share certain traits. Find out what they are and how to develop them.

You know you want it-a strong team-but unless you know what that consists of, you'll never know for sure if you have one, or how to get one. Luckily, Lacher McDonald, a full service CPA and consulting firm specializing in veterinary and small business, recently released some core characteristics found in strong teams. Take a look at the key traits that transcend industries and see if your team shares or needs them.

According to Lacher McDonald strong teams …

Enjoy coming to work

Interacting with each other and feeling that you can depend on your team members is a cornerstone to strong teams and a healthy work culture.

Sweat the small stuff

Team members pay attention to those small details that can make a big difference, such as properly setting the alarm at night.

Don't agree

Differences of opinions are good for the team as resolution becomes a learning experience and solutions become more balanced. So encourage diversity in employee's backgrounds, such as education levels, and in perspectives.

Suck it up

Even if the final decision wasn't in line with their opinion, strong team members move forward and work together to implement the agreed upon plan.

Have lives

Work is important to strong team members but it's not the end-all, be-all. They understand that sometimes they need to put their personal lives before business-and vice versa.

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