Good organization is vital to a team’s success. This article highlights some key team organization strategies you can use to help set up teams to excel.
Give the Team a Clear Role
Every team needs a clear role within the company. That means letting the team know what their goals are, how they will be evaluated, and how their projects fit into the company’s goals. As one Forbes.com contributor put it, “be overly transparent and keep your team informed of what’s going on around the company.” Knowing the purpose of the team will help with other facets of team organization.
Encourage Decision Making
Team members should be empowered to make decisions on their own. For example, if a team member excels at coding, they should feel free to make coding-related decisions rather than be hamstrung by an unnecessary chain of command.
Focus on Solutions
Another helpful tenant of team organization is that teams should be focused on solutions. For instance, a team that has a specific problem to solve will be more effective than a team distracted by trying to forecast the future. Of course, every company needs planning, but teams should hone in on delivering tangible results in the here and now.
Give the Team a Leader
Whether it’s yourself or a manager you’re assigning to steer a team, the team needs a good leader. A team’s leader should be enthusiastic, reflect the company’s culture in everything they do, and be fair and direct with their team.
Allow for Self-Interest
All employees are self-interested, whether they aggressively show it or not. To form effective teams, keep each employee’s self-interest in mind. Ask yourself: What does this employee want to do, what are they good at, and will being on this team align with their own goals? Team members whose self-interest lines up with the team’s goals will be more effective.
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