Most work in companies gets done through interaction between people. Some managers mistakenly think they can just hire people, give them a job or task to do and then expect that they’ll ‘make it happen’.
Recently, I’ve heard leaders say “Do your job!” like that person could just wave a magic wand and have everything turn out ‘peachy keen’.
In reality, most tasks require planning and collaboration and a whole lot more in order for them to be completed successfully. It’s the bosses job to facilitate activities, not just dictate them.
I’ve identified 5 things teams need to have in order for them to be successful and productive.
Each person needs goals, but the team itself needs goals as well. Without knowing there they’re headed as a group, teams will flounder. Individual self-interests will prevail and competition will ensue.
- Where are we going?
- Why is that important?
- Who are we serving and why?
Team members need to be clear about their individual roles and how they are contributing to the accomplishment of the goals.
- What does everyone on the team do?
- How do ‘hand-offs’ occur?
- How does my work impact them?
Rules provide structure, systems and processes that make teams more effective.
- How do we communicate with each other? How rapidly can we expect a response?
- What processes do we follow?
- How do we make decisions around here?
- What happens when things go awry?
- How do we share in the wins?
It’s critical to understand the human side of each team member. People are more than just cogs in a wheel. When team members take time to know each other beyond their roles on the team, getting the work done will take much less effort.
If I communicate with you on your terms, appealing to your thought process and priorities, fewer ‘breakdowns in communication’ will happen. Expectations will be more explicit, not implied. Implications lead to assumptions and assumptions create mistakes and unfulfilled expectations and opportunities.
Scores are often measures of the goals that have been set. They allow a team to track their progress and ultimately, their success. Scores also allow analysis of what could be improved.
How does your team stack up? If you are the leader, how well are you facilitating the creation and management of these 5 critical items? What improvements can be made?
When you attend to the people side of your business, your business can deliver on the profit side.