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3 Ingredients for Building Effective Teams

https://www.entrepreneur.com/article/226063

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3 Ingredients for Building Effective Teams
3 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Building effective teams is a common challenge for most businesses. How do you assemble the right mix of people and expertise to deliver the most efficient and effective outcome? Sometimes, the things business owners believe matter most aren't really priorities in building great teams, says Richard E.

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Building effective teams

It means figuring out how to assemble the right mix of people and expertise to deliver the most efficient and effective outcome.

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Clear direction

Start at the endpoint: What is the outcome you want and why? Leave the team some flexibility to develop the best way to get there.

Without a clear sense of what the team needs to accomplish and how a successful outcome will be defined, it's impossible to assemble the right group of people to get there.

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Efficient practices

Look at the workflow and resources available to help you understand the scope of the project and what support the team will need to be successful.

Important questions to keep in mind: Is your organization prepared to support the team in its objectives? Will they have the right tools and resources to complete their tasks? How will you measure their efficiency during the process and monitor it for improvement? 

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Defined roles

Defined roles

Roles might shift somewhat once the team is assembled, but an understanding of the skill sets and thinking styles is important for the team.

For example, the explorer will be more of a big-picture thinker who can help the team see what is possible and the number-cruncher will take charge of measurement and metrics, etc. 

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Steve Job's effectiveness boiled down to this:

He inspired team members first so that they were driven to live up to his exacting standards when the situation called for it.

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The formula for being an inspirational driver

  • Know your "noble cause." Jobs understood that if teams don’t find their work meaningful, they perceive challenging directives from a leader as arbitrary demands rather than a call to sacrifice for a higher purpose.
  • Tell your story early and often. If you can’t weave your ideas into a clear, compelling story, those ideas remain abstract words likely to be forgotten.
  • Push, but within boundaries. Make sure you have a clear end point and time line in mind before you go into "push" mode. Intense work with no clear end in sight is demoralizing.