The best managers will always try to figure out how to get the most out of their team. Manager or not – put these tips to the test and become the A-Team!
For many, the prospect of having to work in a team can be daunting
Ironically, sharing a task can sometimes make it seem like more of a burden! Often, this is a result of some team members pulling all the weight while others take a back seat. But with the right strategies put in place, all team members can be made to feel valued and motivated to contribute in worthwhile ways.
The top priority (and most critical step) in achieving a good team dynamic is to assign a worthy team leader
This person should be approachable, flexible and communicative. Above all, they should be prepared to coach the team:
- to push each team member to do the best he or she can do
- to use mistakes as a learning process
- to celebrate not just the final achievement but every step along the way
This is primarily the role of the leader –and one of the reasons it is so important to choose the right leader. However, this, and all the other strategies that follow can be taken on board and implemented by everyone in the team. In particular…
The team leader does not have to make all the decisions
This should still be a team process, particularly when it comes to deciding who will take on which tasks. A leader can take responsibility for ensuring that everyone understands exactly what is expected of them, and has the resources to achieve it. In working towards this aim, it is important to…
Set expectations and deadlines
This begins with ensuring the team clearly understands the requirements of the project. Also knowing how the project will contribute to the business is useful. This demonstrates how each member’s contribution is making a real difference at a company level. It’s amazing how much difference this can make to motivation. Even then, you can’t expect to get the most out of everyone unless you…
Assign the right tasks to the right people
Ask everyone what they feel their strengths are. People are likely to complete a task more diligently and to a high standard if their duty takes advantages of their skills. If they are not confident with the work they are allocated, they will be more likely to put it off. This could mean a delay in completion of the project. Even when they do submit their work, it may not be at a high enough standard. Whilst people are working on tasks they are good at, it makes sense to…
Let people use their own methods to get to the end objective
When you dictate the way things are done, you take away the opportunity for team members to use their initiative. This reduces positive feelings of their contribution. In all likelihood, using an unfamiliar method to complete the task will also mean that it takes longer to complete. However, when that result is finally reached…
Praise people for their good work, and encourage everyone in the team
In particular, urge involvement in offering constructive criticism and feedback to each-other. This helps team members feel appreciated in the short term and therefore work harder. It also helps them develop within their role at the company and become a more valuable employee over time. Be specific with your praise – what did the team member do well? What beneficial impact did it have on the team?
Teamwork is designed to lessen the load, not increase it. If you feel burdened by your team, think about what YOU can do to help it work more efficiently.