Key learning's for leading a team
Published on Published on February 16, 2016
Simple thoughts for leading a team....
Be clear on purpose: We all work in a fast paced world of get it done. You and the team can get lost and think that doing “stuff” is working really hard. Remember, effort does not mean results. I say this daily because people get bogged down on tasks that do not drive results. Also make sure your team is part of the goal setting process and remember, as the year moves forward, goals can change as business needs change. Have the courage to change as needed.
Know your team and their strengths. Leverage them and you will quickly see how the whole team grows together.
Have strong communication within the team: Please take this seriously because poor communication can be very frustrating to all those involved. Make meetings count, I like to make sure there is sharing across the team. Meetings are also great opportunities for learning. Great teams share complex situations, this allows deeper thinking and learning.
Make individual TB’s count. Be committed to scheduling and keeping the TB’s. This is the time to focus on the individual. Also, don’t forget real time coaching after meetings while topics are still fresh. Lastly, make sure that whenever you sit with a manager for their review or a quarterly development conversation that there are no surprises.
Have fun as a team. we like to sit as a whole team and watch inspirational videos from Ted.com, sometimes just having popcorn and talking through the week. This is a relaxing way to connect with the team.
Reward success. Recognition needs to be individual, so know how each person likes to be recognized. Leverage it all, from a handshake, to a simple "Thank You", handwritten notes, candy, you name it. If they want it, make sure you find a way to do it.