Wednesday, October 27, 2010
Effective Project Teams
Teams are dynamic and always changing. Teams work when the individual team members unite around a common goal and have a vested interest in each others successes. Once team members begin to bicker and fight amongst themselves, the team begins to lose its effectiveness and the reputations of the each of the team members can suffer.
Once teams lose that "all for one and one for all" dynamic the whole team loses. Win-lose relationships on teams are never an option. There are only two options when working with another person on your team. You either both win or you both lose. The team leader and team members must openly discuss issues that hinder the team from performing at their highest level and work through the issues quickly. Lingering problems between team members can only fester and worsen, which drags down the effectiveness of the whole team.
EMOTIONAL OUTBURST - team members that display a pattern of destructive or caustic behavior to others (inside or outside of the team) should be removed from the team immediately.
Remember, when working through team dysfunction, compromise doesn't satisfy anybody and doesn't solve problems. Collaboration is key to working through team issues and getting team performance working at a high level. Compromise and capitulation are flawed strategies for working through problems as they don't support a win-win outcome.
In closing, keep in mind that poor listeners are not good collaborators. In order to be an effective team leader you must listen carefully and think win-win while working through problems with your team.