Crafting Your Team Dynamic

Now that the TSA season is fully up and running, I assume you may be finding yourself organizing teams and beginning your events. This is often a stressful time for members; everyone knows the feeling of wanting to work with all your friends and the best members of your chapter. While some teams may appear to have a better dynamic than others at the start of the season, there are plenty of ways to ensure that your team will work well together. Having a good team dynamic will make it much easier to produce quality event materials—and you’ll have more fun doing it! 

Communication is essential for a successful team. Making a group chat with all of your team members, either through text or another platform, is a great way to boost communication. A group chat often makes communication more efficient. It’s also very beneficial to keep all of your team materials in one place, such as a shared Google Drive folder. This will make it so that collaboration and communication is easier across team members in regards towards your team materials.

Having an organized plan for how your team will accomplish work is also beneficial. While it may not be necessary to have strict deadlines for things and stress out your teammates, it is a good idea to have a general record of who is interested in working on what aspects of an event. This again will make collaborating easier when you know who to reach out to for help on a specific component of an event, such as your portfolio.

Team bonding can also help strengthen your team dynamic. Finding common interests between your team members can help eliminate small talk and make working on team events more of a fun activity. Doing fun activities with your teammates can help boost your dynamic as well. This is often overlooked by team members, but sparing some time to do something fun with your team members such as going out for lunch during a work session can have a big impact on your team dynamic.

Having a strong team dynamic will help you succeed just as much as your TSA skills will. It’s important to bond with your teammates and focus on more than just winning 1st place. I wish you the best of luck in your events, and I look forward to the coming year. Don’t hesitate to reach out to me at sergeant_at_arms [at] with any questions, comments, or concerns.