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Tips for successfully managing teams

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Any group—whether it be a sport club, a music band or a project team—needs a certain amount of organization for its members to perform at their full potential to reach success. Of course, this applies to workforces too, and hence we point out some key factors to construct and manage high performance teams.

 

The end and the means

 

Every team member, from top executives to employees, must know what the goals, methods and processes are. This is vital for them to know their place in the organization and identify themselves with its values and culture.

 

Working environment and time

 

A clean, well-lit and spacious working area that offers all the needed tools and technology is one of the first steps to achieve a successful management of teams. On the other hand, pointless meetings and conferences with no clear target must be avoided—they are just an unproductive waste of time.

 

Individual strengths and weaknesses

 

Although teams are thought globally, you need to know the individual attributes of every member in order to channel their virtues and get the best of them.

 

Motivation

 

To avoid the team falling into the comfort zone, foster its participation by setting new challenges and rewards. Both collectively and individually.

 

Trust

 

Too authoritarian leaders aren’t positively assessed by team members. They inspired fear and dislike rather than respect. It is far better to trust, listen and even delegate when necessary. That’s the best way for team members to feel valued.

 

Feedback

 

The best way to show this confidence and strengthen the relationship with the team members is to give them honest and constructive feedback. At the same time, inspiring a climate of communication will reduce misunderstandings and ill-defined processes.

 

Many of these points might sound obvious, but it’s incredibly easy to forget them in the rush of everyday managerial life. Make sure you consider them all and your team will thrive.