How to make your team exceptional

Whether you are running a business, a department or a project, successfully managing a team of people is a vital component of many managerial roles.  Here are some tips to make your team exceptional

Define the team’s ultimate purpose

In other words you need a clear vision that all the team are working towards.  This is the ultimate objective. 

If you are currently managing a team make sure everyone is clear what the team’s vision is and that they are engaged with it.  This may mean that you take time out from daily tasks to discuss the vision and how the work of each member contributes to achieving it.   

Set clear goals

Ensure that your teams goals are understood by all team members.  Individuals need to know how their efforts and personal objectives support the team’s goals and ultimately the organisation’s objectives and vision. Set clear, realistic goals for your team goals for the team and have regular updates on how they are being met.

Ensure roles and responsibilities are clear

Make sure everyone understands the role they play and who is responsible for what.  This is not to encourage people to only do what is in their remit and nothing else, you want everyone to do what it takes to work towards the vision and goals.  However, projects and plans often run into difficultly because there is an area where no one is assigned responsibility, and everyone assumes someone else is doing it.

Make sure your team meets regularly to discuss how you are working towards goals and vision so that you can quickly identify if there is an area where responsibility needs addressing.

Review how your team is functioning

Make sure that your team is working to its strengths, have team meetings and one to one’s.  That way you will know individuals and their strengths and weaknesses, and you can ensure their tasks are aligned to these.  If you do need to re-assign responsibilities, do it in a way that is seen as a positive move ie you are moving them because they are strong in a particular area not because they have failed or are weak in another.

Build morale and have fun

Regular meetings to review progress and talk about issues in a blame free context will help you create a cohesive group who understand and support each other.  This will instil a positive organisational culture in which everyone enjoys working together towards a united vision. 

When a goal is met, reward the team with the opportunity to have fun together, thus creating further cohesion and unity.

Doing all this will help you get the reputation as a great boss, which in turn will help you to recruit more talented people who will make your team even more exceptional!

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