Effective teams are capable of delivering exceptional results. So what are my 6 top tips for making teams more effective?
Tip 1: Focus on performance
Give the team a real performance challenge to address rather than setting up a committee to talk about an issue.
Tip 2: Give them a clear purpose
Avoid being vague about the purpose. Be crystal clear on what the purpose is. If it is to reduce the cycle time by two hours on a process make it clear that this is what the purpose is.
Tip 3: Get the right skills
You are setting up a team to fail if you don’t ensure it has the right mix and blend of skills in the team.
Tip 4: Support in addressing skill deficiencies
If you are the team leader, make sure you address skill deficiencies rather than let them be a barrier.
Tip 5: Create conditions for effective teamwork
You need to ensure that the team is truly dependent on each other to deliver and that the performance and reward structures are geared towards team rather than individual performance.
Teams have the potential to deliver exceptional performance. What else would you add to the list of tips to make teams more effective?
Since 2006 I’ve worked with in excess of 8,000 accountants and professionals in workshops, seminars and one to one helping them land their next jobs and become better leaders, presenters and business partners. Before that I spent 25 years in accountancy climbing the career ladder from Payments Clerk to FD. I’m a CIMA Fellow, Certified Professional Coach and Team Coach Facilitator.