“Alone we can do so little. Together we can do so much”, goes an English saying. Team performance is the best performance in a world that is so dynamically changing. Managing a team to ensure they are at their most effective state is a challenge that should be welcomed with open arms. Once the way to handle this challenge is clear, any entity will only benefit from the immense surge of positivity that will ensue.
A manager plays a critical role in ensuring team effectiveness. Equipping the manager with the know-how of managing a team goes a long way. A manager should be empowered with the latest in tech along with the latest in people tech to ensure team efficiency always stays high. Here are a few ways to empower the manager.
More often than not, a team has varied set of skills that come along with people who are equally diverse. The trick to ensure synergy is created is to map areas of commonality in this diversified pool of talent. As a manger, one should study team members to understand their strengths and weak areas. Complimenting the strength of one person with another who is weak in the same area creates a synergy that will impact efficiency positively.
A manager should be well informed at all the times about everything that’s happening in his/her team. This calls for understanding the roles performed and responsibilities taken up by all the team members. Since the manager has an elevated view of the doings in the team, he/she will have a better sense of understanding with respect of pairing up individuals or teams to get things done. This is akin to building teams within teams. This ensures that work gets done effectively at the same time creates multiple avenues to enhance team performance.
There is nothing to replace information in decision making. Decisions that a manager takes in an everyday work life are mostly around work management. One way to handle workload, direct a team and ensuring all tasks are done is to take a report on the work status. A daily report on status of work across different jobs will ensure that a manager has 100% visibility of what is happening along with an understanding of bottlenecks or hindrances in accomplishing a task or a job. This also works to identify solutions to any imminent problems that might arise in the process of ensuring completion of work. Since the manager is involved and aware from the initial stages, he/she can direct the team to alternative ways to complete tasks with full attention on team efficiency.
A golden principle in work distribution in a team is to give enough work for a team member and add just a little more. For instance if a person can do 10 tasks, give 12. This ensures, the team members is challenged just the right amount to deliver and aim towards excellence. When these tasks are completed, it leads to a sense of achievement and joy. At the same time giving 15 jobs in the place of 12 might lead to overburdening which will eventually lead to a sense of depression. As a manager one should know how much is too much so it can be avoided.
Self evaluation is the best evaluation. This leads to comparing ones performance with oneself. A manager should enable opportunities for self evaluation at an individual and team level. Team level self evaluations should be done in an environment of trust and empathy that promote willingness to learn and implement best practices.
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