How to build your team
- 1 Establish the purpose of the team, and the range of knowledge and skills required; consider the value of a mix of styles and approaches.
- 2 Limit the size of the team - more than a dozen may be unmanageable; if necessary, create smaller sub-teams instead, with narrower objectives.
- 3 Assemble the team; discuss the team's purpose and use this to agree individual team members' roles and the contribution each will make.
- 4 Clarify how the team will operate: for example, how you will tackle projects, run meetings and make decisions.
- 5 Encourage a culture of honest and open communication, in which team members express their views freely and listen to what others say.
- 6 Agree how problems will be resolved; encourage team members to try to resolve disagreements between themselves before involving you.
- 7 Organise the team's activities: agree measurable, realistic objectives and deadlines, and ensure the team has the necessary resources.
- 8 Regularly review progress and performance in short team meetings; update objectives and identify any changing resource requirements.
- 9 Motivate the team: be enthusiastic; praise and publicise achievements; encourage everyone to contribute; lead by example.
- 10 Foster team spirit: recognise everyone's value to the team, avoid favouritism, and encourage collaboration; consider team social events.
- 11 Offer training, support and an open door for individuals with problems.
- 12 Take responsibility: be prepared to tackle problems and to make unpopular decisions.
- 13 Avoid becoming isolated; encourage collaboration, communication and socialising with members of other teams.
- 14 Recognise when the team has served its purpose; plan a formal ending to maintain motivation, then disband the team when its work is done.
- get the right people for the job
- clarify the ground rules
- encourage open communication
- involve all the team members
- agree individual and team objectives
- motivate and support team members
- ignore problems and personal friction
- abdicate responsibility
- become isolated