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Build Your Own #DreamTeam: Top 3 Best Practices for Team Building

11.10.2020 • Industry News

By Brandon VanHee, CRCST, CIS, CER, CHL, AGTS, Clinical Education Manager

I whole-heartedly believe in the mantra “today’s tech is tomorrow’s manager.” When preparing an emerging leader to take on management responsibilities, there are several leadership skills that are vital to develop but are unfortunately too often overlooked in the healthcare industry. One of these critical skills is hiring and team building.  Here are the top 3 best practices in team building that can be implemented in your daily practice to build your own #DreamTeam:

1. Define the culture in your organization.

Team building best practices need to start long before you begin the hiring process; before you work with HR on job descriptions, before job postings, and before interviews. The team building process starts by defining the culture in your organization. This is no simple task, however if you accurately define your culture, it will be easier to identify the characteristics and traits in candidates that support your culture and the core values associated with it.

2. Hire people with values that align with your culture.

One of the best ways to build a team of people that all have the mystical “cultural fit” is to hire those who have personal values and characteristics that align with the core values of your organization. If you have successfully defined the culture and core values of your organization, the hiring process becomes an objective evaluation instead of a “gut feeling” about how well a candidate will fit in an organization.

3. Build a robust training program.

Every organization benefits from a training program but if you prioritize cultural alignment in your hiring strategy, you can then build out a robust program that can focus on training for the specific skills and experience needed for a #DreamTeam. To successfully create your training program, you need to identify the key experience, knowledge, and skills of the role; this will help you build your learning objectives. Once you have identified the objectives, then proceed to develop a training process that combines traditional classroom instruction, reading material, and hands-on components. Having a multi-channel training program is important in providing engaging learning activities for all learners.
For more hiring and team building best practices check out the online education course Hire for Attitude, Not Skill: How to Build Your Own #DREAMTEAM from Key Surgical.