tips for teams

stock-photo-teamwork-and-strategy-concept-tip #1: Be patient and caring with your team.

Remember to be patient and caring with each other as you work through your problems together. Teams are like families. Patience with family is love.

Be supportive. Reduce status differentials that make some members seem  more important than others- i.e, eliminate inappropriate titles, special treatment or ranks. Treat everyone fairly.

Measure your accomplishments in a series of small improvements. More often than not, it is simple perseverance that determines the difference between winners and losers. No one ever said teams are easy. They are better than the alternatives.

tip #2: Assume the best about people

More than anything else, the move to team-based organization  requires a paradigm shift in the way we think about work and the way we think about each other, that has to change, not organization charts and job descriptions. Assumptions will always get in the way of teamwork. They cause people to want to defend their point of view. Assumptions make it hard to sit down and work things out together.

Good problem solving has got to start on a foundation of mutual trust and common desire to improve. Work to improve information, systems and skills. Focus on creating good real- time information systems, without them teams cannot make good decisions.

tip #3: Fix the problem, don’t fix the blame.

Experience shows blaming does not solve problems; it just causes them to go under. when people believe that discussing problems will cause them embarrassment or affect their career negatively, they will not discuss the problem. The road to continuous improvement requires  “open and honest communication”.  The key  is to avoid blaming and focus on solving issues at hand.

tip #4: Focus on behaviours, not attitudes.

You cannot change other people’s personalities and attitudes.But if you work together you can help each other demonstrate effective behaviours

tip #5: Establish regular effective team meetings.

Most of a team murky issues would come from in-communication.  To  avoid this, establish a regular time and place for team meetings. Use these times to pass on information, clarify roles, update each other on assignments, check goal progress and take some time to chat with each other.

Create a team climate  that fosters frequent, open and honest discussion where people can share their feelings and learning without fear.

tip #6: Focus on the race, not the obstacles.

Although you must solve problems, avoid being caught in an endless downward spiral of problem solving. Too much focus on problems can be discouraging, depressing and distracting. Teams keep their motivation high by by maintaining their focus on end goals, not by draining their enthusiasm in endless series of difficulties.

tip #7: involve the right  people in problem solving.

People are most committed to implement ideas that that they personally participate in developing.

tip #8: Know your roles, purpose and boundaries.

Many problems result from a lack of clarity about how much you are supposed to do and how much help you will get to do it. Strive to understand your task as team and as team member or team leader. Understand your new roles and responsibilities.

Understanding these things will help you get focused on results and customers, not on activities and busywork. Get agreements from the appropriate people about your mandate. Vocalize agreements to ensure mutual understanding.

tip #9: Focus on results

Remember to stay focused on results. Do not get off track. Avoid to be swept in the day to day tyranny of the urgent. It can be easy to get carried away with lots of activities, or bound up in lots of programmes, red tape or bureaucracy that actually do not produce results.

Keep thinking about your goals. Talk about customers. Measure key result areas. Get good results in quality, cost, responsiveness, timeliness, or whatever your team and team leader agree are the  priorities.

tip #10:  Remember that the team is not an end in itself.

Teams are a means to accomplishing something, not an end in itself. Instead of measuring how many teams you have, measure results. Instead of asking how to make things more comfortable for your team, ask how to deliver better services. If your team becomes too inwardly focused, it will not survive.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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