To improve a company’s cohesion, unity and a spirit of mutual aid must be sought after by each collaborator.
However, personal careers and an individualistic state of mind often take over. The need to stand out, to be noticed, an oversized ego or even the “me first” motto are attitudes that kill team spirit.
Utopia or real need?
A company that combines its strengths is a company ready to face many challenges. Conversely, if talents and forces are scattered over only a few collaborators, the battlefield will be too large for too few soldiers.
A basic principle that illustrates the importance of team spirit is the military strategy of “the turtle” position. We all have this picture in our mind of Romans soldiers who advance in formation, being completely protected by the shields of each other. All act in cohesion and unity, towards the same goal.
Our field of economic action is fierce, and competitiveness is a necessity for survival. Therefore, since team spirit helps to promote the growth of the company, it is a real necessity.
The Role of Interim Managers
This collaborative methodology is not necessarily automatic for everyone. More than just a personal skill, interim managers see team spirit as a need and train their collaborators in this regard on each mission.
Here is how, in a few points, interim managers spread the team spirit.
They train others to (non-exhaustive list):
- Be better at delegating,
- Be better at planning,
- Be moderate in their behaviors and reactions,
- Express appreciation for the work of their employees,
- Have a positive communication (putting emphasis on “we” rather than “I” … etc)
Other aspects are to be taken into consideration. For example, corporate culture often plays a very important role in how teamwork is perceived.
Interim managers have a temporary influence on the company, their talent is to know how to shake the too “self-centered” corporate culture, without shocking collaborators or the board of directors.
This is the main goal of the interim manager’s missions in relation to the team spirit : to interact with the corporate culture by analyzing the problems, and to rectify them. To achieve this, you need to take part in some well-known activities! Personal greetings, coffee breaks, work and personal discussions during the lunch break … etc.
A Key Quality for Interim Managers
Here, we’re talking about observation. Many ideas are expressed through verbal or written communication, but so much more is said by what is not spoken.
Interim managers strive to understand the reality of the company (things they were likely not informed of before they arrived), through observation.
How do employees react during a team meeting? Are they interested or bored? Do they completely agree with what is being said? On the opposite, do they show slight signs of rebellion? Does an employee seem to be exhausted or depressed? Does a collaborator show a particular interest in new responsibilities in the company, without daring to speak up about it?
These are situations in which the interim manager will have the opportunity to show sincere and caring interest to all, while fostering team spirit and cohesion.
Reactive Executive’s Strength
Our complete commitment to our clients enables us to ensure the success of our interim managers. These qualities and strengths that we are constantly looking for in our interim managers are likewise an integral part of our firm.
Our team will be very happy to answer to your needs by doing everything possible to make you benefit from the talent of our collaborators. Contact us!