Improving the Work of Teams is Worth the Effort
Today, most work gets accomplished through teams. And most teams at one point or another fall into ineffective patterns that can range from neglecting the big picture goals in favor of immediate short-term problems to holding meetings that are inefficient and maybe even unnecessary. If team leaders could significantly improve teamwork as a manager, a study by Bain of more than 1,000 companies claims you could be up to six times more likely to be a business performance leader.
What It Takes to Improve Teamwork as a Manager
To improve teamwork as a manager requires focus on what issues deserve the time and effort of a team. It also requires discipline to ensure that the team is addressing its problems in the best way as they interact, collaborate, and make decisions together as a team. A team’s performance is an outcome of not just WHAT they work on but HOW they work together.
Four Ingredients to Improve Teamwork as a Manager
Here are four aspects of team interaction that are indicative of a high performing team. Do your managers have the confidence, competence, and motivation to:
The Bottom Line
When push comes to shove, it is less important who is on the team than how the team interacts and works together. Teams that consistently demonstrate all three characteristics of success give their people and their organizations a leg up. Are your managers creating the conditions for team success?
To learn more about how to improve teamwork as a manager, download this Sample Team Charter Template
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