Managers set the tone and temperature for the work environment.
- In rowing, the fastest teams rely on everyone…to be paddling in sync,…so the boat moves in one clear direction.…Can you imagine how much less productive the team would be…if some people stopped rowing,…or had more than one person trying to steer?…As your team's manager, it's up to you…to get everyone rowing together,…maximizing each person's effort…towards your ultimate destination.…But what is that place?…Where is your team headed?…Establish goals as a team…to ensure you're headed in the right direction.…
In order to do this, I recommend taking five steps.…First, engage the entire team in the goal-setting process.…Set aside some time, perhaps at an offsite retreat,…or during a longer team meeting…to brainstorm and discuss goals your team will pursue.…It's important that these goals are aligned…with the organizational goals and initiatives.…You may want to spend some time giving the team context…on how your team's work benefits the broader organization.…Next, choose a goal-setting framework…that makes sense for the work you're doing.…
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Managing a team of people in the workplace requires continuous learning for today's managers and team leaders. Learn how to bring out the best in your team, in this course with Kelley School of Business professor and corporate consultant Daisy Lovelace. Daisy explains how to set shared goals, delegate tasks, manage performance, and develop each member of the team by providing feedback and training. Instructor Daisy Lovelace also addresses the challenges and solutions to managing different types of teams: virtual, global, intergenerational, and cross-functional. Plus, find out how to manage difficult behavior and underperformance.
- 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.