Do you want a high-performance team? But individuals on the team are at odds with each other?
One is too critical, another too cautious – and everyone has a know-it-all attitude.
You wonder if you’ll ever be able to build a high-performing team out of this rag-tag band.
You can build a great team out of a group of rough individuals.
Here are 9 do’s and don’ts to help you tackle this task:
1. Commit to a shared project
Don’t just meet and share status updates.
Do take up a shared goal and make it happen.
2. Mix and match talents – irrespective of roles
Don’t be limited by your roles.
Do discover team member talents and leverage them.
3. Clarify who’s got the lead
Don’t assume you know who will do what.
Do make time to clarify expectations and assumptions.
4. Share success and challenges
Don’t just talk about projects and work tasks.
Do invite individuals to share challenges and successes.
5. Play in each other’s sandboxes
Don’t let team members indulge in turf protection.
Do encourage collaboration on team projects.
6. Watch each other’s backside
Don’t let faltering team mates hang out to dry.
Do set up peer coaching and support.
7. Learn from mistakes
Don’t allow team members to blame each other.
Do talk about what you can do differently next time.
8. Keep track of actions needed
Don’t leave a meeting without clarifying decisions made.
Do ask someone to take notes and distribute them.
9. Have fun together
Don’t just grind away at work tasks and details.
Do make time to laugh and play together.
Actions to take
Invite team members to rate your team on each item. Use 1 to indicate low and 10 to indicate high.
Identify from one to three areas you want to improve and take action.
By Faith Ralston
Republished from the International Institute of Directors and Managers (IIDM) www.iidmglobal.com