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Building strong teams

When building a strong team, managers should take into account several aspects, such as providing a clear plan about the objectives and how to reach them or establishing a so-called 'shared scoreboard' which everyone in the team can use to evaluate their success. 

The manager can often find himself or herself repeating several times the rules, in order to ensure the team's consistency- and that is alright, as it is necessary to get people used to belonging to the team.

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Your main task as a manager is to keep up the good work. In order to ensure this, you should make sure that each and every team member takes full responsibility for their actions. 

Remember everybody that rules have been created for a good reason and that, therefore, they ought to stick to them.

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Respect is essential within a community. The same applies to teams: as a manager, you should make sure your team members feel respected and confident enough to want to do their best when working. 

Furthermore, as a leader, it is your duty to make everybody understand and apply the same politics within your team.

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Once you have set your mind on building a strong team, you should find a way to create a set of rules that is specific only to your team, what can be then called the team culture. Make sure team members understand and obey the chosen rules.

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Whenever something is going wrong inside your team, make sure to let people know about it, as allowing issues to gather up can only have a negative effect. However, you might want to pay attention to the way your message is being delivered, in order to not make things worse. 

Overall, speaking your mind by any communication means is extremely important, as long as you keep an eye on the way the message is being delivered.

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To lead a team effectively, you must first establish your leadership with each team member. 

Most effective team leaders build their relationships of trust and loyalty, rather than fear or the power of their positions.

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Platform level problems

TLDR; Scaling teams are hard. A platform team done right can help ease the hardships.

At Conde Nast International we grew from a team of 20 engineers to less than 100 in less than a year. We found out that building out a system that will be used in many markets has a lot of moving parts and repetition. For example rebuilding the infrastructure and application configuration. Adding third party add-on software. Building the application using CDN redirects. DNS registration and configuration.

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To better build rapport and counter isolation do the following:

  • smile, tilt your chin lower so you're not looking down on them, and slow down your speech during your video calls, so you come across as being more credible.
  • set a finish time before starting a conversation with someone new to reduce the initial wariness.
  • Be more likable and validate others by listening to them and suspending your ego. Put aside your wish to contribute to the conversation and ask short, open questions like how, when, and why.

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