5 Tips for Effective Team Management

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Managing a team can sometimes be a challenging task. Fast-paced work environments and demanding schedules can cause leaders to focus so hard on the output that they lose sight of the very thing that affects output the most – the individuals on the team.

Use these five tips to ensure your focus remains on your business’s most valuable resources.

1. Open and Consistent Communication

Being open and consistent with communication is vital to the success of your team.

The goal should be to cultivate a culture where employees feel heard, understood, and appreciated.

2. Honest and Constructive Feedback

Don’t sugarcoat things with your team. If there is an area that is lacking, it is your obligation as a leader to point that out to the team.

But don’t just point fingers and assign blame. Step one is identifying a problem.  Step two should be pointing it out to your team. Step three is focusing on a solution to the problem at hand.

3. Strengthen Collaboration Efforts

Having access to the input from teammates with various skill sets is the reason a team was formed in the first place, right? It’s easier than ever before to put the collaboration tools your team needs to succeed in their hands.

It doesn’t matter if your team is all under the same roof or spread out across the globe. If you’re not already using collaboration apps to help your team combine their skills, then your company isn’t getting the most bang for its buck out of its employees.

4. Prevent team burn-out

It’s like Suze Orman always says: “People first. Then money. Then things.”

It is the team leader’s duty to set boundaries so The team needs to be able to switch off, relax and recharge in order to be at the top of their game for work. You can’t pour from an empty cup.

5. Trust Your Team

It’s the team’s job to get the task accomplished.  It’s the leader’s job to make sure the team has everything they need to do that, not to do the task for them.

It’s like a helicopter mom who stays up until 3:00 a.m. to make sure little Jimmy’s volcano project is functional and ready in time for the science fair at school the next day. Let Jimmy build the darn thing himself!

Getting the Most Out of Your Team

Utilizing good communication channels ensures opportunities to give feedback, providing your team with a strong internal support system. This gives team leaders opportunities to built trust, develop accountability, and lets everyone enjoy a less hierarchical work environment.

Contact Othniel Edwards today for your consulting needs or for customized tips on effective team management within your organization.

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