By its very nature, a team is supposed to bring more leverage than what individuals alone can achieve. However, through bad teamwork and bad management, each individuals potential is highly limited. Teamwork management has an array of elements that must be unravelled and controlled. But just how many real issues of team management are there?
Differences in ideas, skills, motivations, even beliefs can constrain a team’s performance. A lack of resources and tools such as communication systems can slow a team down. Insufficient planning from a lack of open discussion can lead to conflicts and misunderstandings.
As a matter of fact, with experience as a senior marketing manager and over ten years work in Enterprise through to small business, I realized that problems with teamwork and performance reduce to very few fundamentals. Here are the four basic categories: Issues caused by upper management. Issues caused by team managers. Issues caused in team cohesion. Issues with individual team members
“The way a team plays as a whole determines its success. You may have the greatest bunch of individual stars in the world, but if they don’t play together, the club won’t be worth a dime.” – Babe Ruth
Upper management through it’s supposed omnipotence can often be the cause of significant performance constraints within teams. Team management can also fail to galvanize the team. Teams often do not know how to align with each other or with shared projects for maximum output. And some individuals may be incompetent or resistant to progress.
There are numerous forms of training for teams, including team building exercises outdoors, and in-house whiteboard strategy meetings. At the widest scope, there are three required factors: Outcome clarity, Constraints Management, and Process Management.
By ‘outcome’ we mean the clarification of the team’s purpose, including each,’s purpose in support of the team.
Constraints management is about understanding where the team’s weakest links are so that you know where to target training initiatives.
Operations mean managing activities in light of constraints to achieve the team’s purpose and desired outcome.
That might seem somewhat circular, and it is. That’s why it is an undeniably clear and precise protocol on which to base teamwork training for success. It’s easy to see how clarity of outcomes, managing constraints, and managing the throughput of activities will facilitate greater cohesion within the team.