Getting Teamwork Right Print
Written by Umang Handa   
Thursday, 21 February 2008 22:08

In the last project with my team, I had found a peculiar pattern in the work habits of the members. Basically nobody wanted to do nothing!! They used to get motivated after every meeting, giving each other an impression they were the right people to get everything set and then there was this thing with the evasion of their duties afterwards. Sometimes I had funny responses like, “Oh! was I supposed to do it?”

Perplexing though, I tried a number of ways to get them to do what they have to, and finally I gave a successful presentation to change the entire workflow following which the team went out and got everything right. Looking back I can now tell what made them do what they had to and here it goes for all you people out there interested in teamwork....

a) Make them the owner:

Let them do it, let it be their work, not yours, be a spectator and guide them towards their goal but don’t plan it and leave them to it, pull strings where needed.

b) Set Targets: Project a higher target rate. No team has a 100% efficiency, targeting a higher target rate should generate at least the work u expected( if not the projected rate), however don’t be silly enough to make them feel scared of the work, just pull-up the schedule a bit, relax it when needed, play safe.

c) Manage your risks:Who is going to take the charge if the people ‘A’ does not do work and how about person B etc? Make your team realize that there are a lot more enthusiasts and volunteers waiting for the participation in the project and assign the interested individuals some kind of a backup job if a person does not work. Make them feel the importance of the position, it’s not moral science, it’s your soft skill science, that where you’ve got to be extremely good at while delivering these ideas. They look rude but practical ideas, wrap them up nicely in a package before delivering.

d) Figure out the feasibility:Take deadline specific tasks in hand only after checking out the feasibility of the project. Don’t have grandiose notions about the anticipated performance of your team, the key is to begin stable and accelerate, not to accelerate and come to a dead-end.

e) Study out the mechanics:Identify the core strengths of each member of the team. It’s going to be easier for a person to do a task that he is good at. Be simple smart-Combine interests with strength. Interest gets your team into it, your skills and strength gets your team out of it productively.

f) Follow-up:Do follow up with each of the members; it’s very important to have an involvement in each person’s work to show them where it is going.

g) Be Dynamic:Take examples from everyday things like a game of NHL or a soccer game, a company’s strategy and scale it down to your needs.

h) Chill: Unless you do this, you’re gone for sure Just Give it some time and play the cooperative game with your own rules

Last Updated ( Saturday, 23 February 2008 11:11 )