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7 Tips for Managing High-Impact Teams

Go big or go home! In an article for Fast Company, Harvey Deutschendorf details how the most common problems affecting teams can be avoided by managers and team leaders. The result is seven tips to make a greater impact:

  1. Establish the why, not just the what and how.
  2. Model the behaviors you want to see.
  3. Keep communication direct and within the group.
  4. Hold short check-ins before meetings.
  5. Celebrate wins and individual contributions.
  6. Offer the right incentives.
  7. Get out of the office.

Efforts That Add Up

Your team needs to feel a sense of purpose. Rather than just delegating who is doing what, explain why. Revealing why a team effort is required will foster a sense of unity and understanding. Plain and simple: lead by example. One cannot be a dictator and bark orders. Exhibit the good habits that you want all your team members to exercise. Deutschendorf says, “This will build trust, not just in your leadership, but among team members as well.”

Keep team dynamics out of required updates with superiors; only offer a progress report. You can lose trust within your team if they feel as though you report back every single detail. When having discussions, prepare in advance. Coming across accusatory or angry is not the answer, and having proposed solutions is important. As well, be objective when addressing behaviors, and only specify what you want to change.

Before meetings is a good time to see how everyone is doing, including what concerns they may have, and what progress has been made. This will help build trust among your team and identify if someone needs extra help or support. Along those lines, Deutschendorf says to celebrate successful steps along the way of the project. Rewarding the team is important, but be mindful to balance recognizing group achievements with individuals’ unique contributions. Clearly outline the kind of awards that your team members can earn. Awards do not have to be monetary; possibly incorporate increased visibility.

Lastly, getting out of the office for a meal or another enjoyable occasion will help your team get to know each other. Doing so can lead to productive new perspectives being built among team members.

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