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3 Ingredients for Building Effective Teams

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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3 Ingredients for Building Effective Teams

3 Ingredients for Building Effective Teams

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

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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.

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? 

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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Keep yourself accountable

Making a commitment to yourself helps keep you accountable. 

Write your goals down, keep a to-do list with you, and create reminders on your phone and on your calendar.

Make yourself accountable to others
  • Tell everyone what you plan to do and talk about your goals. Tell friends, employees, and employers your intentions and you won’t want to let them down. 
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Cut out temptations

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There are tools such as Rescue Time, SelfControl and Focus that will temporarily block access to distracting websites like Facebook. Less aggressive tools such as Facebook Newsfeed Eradicator and Distraction Free Youtube will allow you to have access to Facebook and Youtube but block the distracting parts of these websites (such as the newsfeed).

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