Managers also need to focus externally to align the team's work with broader organizational and client needs. Managers provide "air cover" so that teammates can take risks and innovate. Great ideas can come from managers creating a supportive environment that encourages entrepreneurial thinking.
- Managers are often faced with situations…where they have declining resources…and increasing expectations.…This is where taking an enterprising approach…or having an entrepreneurial spirit…makes all the difference.…What do I mean by entrepreneurial spirit?…I don't mean entrepreneur…in the sense of starting a new business.…Instead, I mean embodying the qualities…of an entrepreneur within your organization.…Managers must focus internally on their team…and simultaneously keep an eye on the organization…and the industry as a whole.…
This requires some strategic thinking on your part.…Here are some tips to help you with this.…Learn as much as you can about your organization…and the industry as a whole.…We get so bogged down in the details of our everyday work,…we often forget to invest time…in learning outside of our specific domain.…Your work is connected to a broader system.…Understanding how the other pieces work,…even if they seem unrelated, will help your team.…Don't wait for this information to show up in your inbox.…
- List the best arrangement for delegating responsibility.
- Recognize the characteristics of the five phases of the team development cycle.
- Explain the importance of taking time to build genuine personal relationships with team members.
- Identify the element that begins and ends the development cycle.
- Determine when to CC someone on a message.
- Recall the benefits of organizing venues for casual or informal contact among virtual team members.
- Summarize the steps to take following a discreet meeting with a difficult team member.