The general rule of thumb is for people like ourselves, to go out to succeed. We plan and set goals to become successful and to be on top of our game.
We never consider a plan to fail!
Teams operate in exactly the same way – to succeed. Whilst our desire is to maintain this momentum to continue being successful, elements, such as changes to the team or changes in the company policy, office politics, poor management, economic pressures, etc, get in the way that cause the team to veer off track.
To deliver on time, your team need to work together. With effective teamwork one can achieve a common goal:
- Define Expectations:
The Team leader must clearly communicate the expectations regarding the Teams performance and its expected outcomes. Effective Leadership from the Team Leader ensures that each team member fully understands the purpose of the Team and its functions, duties and responsibilities. When one has a clear direction of what is expected of themselves, only then can they hope to perform.
Only by allowing each team member to feel that they are an important element to the Team will ensure their full and eager participation. They must be aware that they need to be committed to accomplishing the Teams mission and expected outcomes. Allow Teams to create its own mission, vision and strategy to accomplish its task. Let them own the mission and take responsibility for it.
- Develop Competence:
Create a Team whereby each member has the required knowledge, skill and capability to address issues related to their tasks and the Team itself. Where this is not in place, ensure they have access to the help they need. By micromanaging them restricts their ability and enthusiasm to perform.
- Empower the Team:
Give Teams the necessary freedom and empowerment to feel the ownership required to accomplish its tasks. They must, however, clearly understand their boundaries and how far they may go in pursuit of solutions and decision making. Create the environment that will allow them to make certain decisions by giving them more responsibility in order to realise their own potential. Arouse the giant in them to perform.
The Teams reporting process and accountability must be understood by all members. The organisation should clearly define the Teams authority to make recommendations and to implement its plan. Team members must hold each other accountable for project timelines, commitments and results. Let the team regulate themselves.
Ensure that team members are clear about the priority of their tasks and that there is an established process for the Team to give feedback and to receive honest performance feedback. As a Team Leader, continually provide important business information to the Team on a regular basis and that there is a platform whereby they too can communicate clearly and honestly with each other and with management.
- Create Innovation:
If the organisation is really interested in change, reward those who fit in and maintain the status quo. Provide them with the necessary training, education, access to books, films and field trips that are necessary to stimulate new thinking.