Creating An Effective Team
Sometimes having a team of hundreds of people is not the most ideal solution to a problem. Large teams are difficult to develop, as training all members to the same standard needs a team itself. However, small teams are most effective and can be rapidly deployed after a few initial meetings.
An effective team has:
- Clear Performance Values
- Meaningful Purpose
- Well-defined working approach
- Mutual accountability
- Manageable Numbers
- Complementary Skills
- Shared values
We are living in the technological era, and it’s wise that you make use of the software solutions to team management that are on the market. If you don’t want to spend loads of money on software, you could look into software as a service solution such as Basecamp or Backpack by 37Signals. These solutions will help you manage your projects and share information across your business.
Have Regular Informal Meetings
Take the suit and tie off and head down to your local Starbucks to have a nice Toffee Mocha while discussing work-related issues. A group of people surrounding a round table isn’t always the best environment to be the most productive.
Choose Passionate People
There is nothing more valuable than people who have a passion for what they do. They will naturally always go the extra mile to get a job done; they might even be happy to work if you offered half the amount of money. Passionate workers are what will drive your company forward. Big companies such as Google and Microsoft only hire people who have a passion for what they do. If a person who is not passionate is on your team, expect them to be a bottleneck in the team's productivity.
Reward Your Team
Your team's happiness should be the top of your priorities. If they aren’t happy they aren’t going to be working as hard as they could be. Therefore, you should be respectful to team members and reward them accordingly. You don’t need to reward them financially; you could give them more authority for instance. Gestures like this will earn you more respect for your team.