Larry Cipolla
August 28, 2012

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) has highlighted the importance of teamwork since the early days of Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin, and any company would be wise to take note of the organization's approach to team building.

A recent Entrepreneur article delved into NASA's success in creating environments where groups can thrive. Long hours, high stakes and close living or working quarters are issues that employees need to overcome, as do NASA crews. In both situations, there is little room for error or personal conflict.

By establishing clear corporate values, employees will be able to use the necessary equipment, resources and skills to get the job done. When individuals know their specific role and that of their co-workers, everyone can be ahead of the curve under times of stress and can anticipate each other's needs.

It can be extremely beneficial to invest time and training in current employees to help further their personal and professional growth. An article in the Harvard Business Review said that companies will flourish when leaders are able to amplify the intelligence that surrounds them, rather than shut it down and stay focused on their own ideas.

"Most companies are adept at bringing in smart, talented people but few companies put as much discipline into understanding how fully they are using the talent they've acquired," the article said.

Clear and concise communication is a key part of this process. In addition, integrating 360 degree feedback will help employees understand their strengths and in which areas they have room to develop even more.

When employees learn at an early stage to ask questions, adapt to different management styles and how to give constructive feedback without being confrontational, it will help them evolve into more effective leaders.