Building Teams in Tough Times the Kingfisher Way

Last Updated Apr 16, 2009 2:07 PM EDT

"Unless people know how to come together as a team, they can't really contribute." Speaking at the Retail Week Conference earlier this month, Ian Cheshire, chief executive of DIY retail group Kingfisher, outlined his strategy for building successful teams in tough times.

Here's Cheshire's explanation of the company's approach to building teams.

Talk about teams tends to focus on senior development. But Cheshire maintains the same approach can be used to build teams all the way up and down the organisation.

Kingfisher breaks its approach down into five distinct areas:

  • Having the right goals
  • Having the right people on board
  • Having real development
  • Establishing the rules of the game
  • Establishing some rewards