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Tips for Managing Teams



Are you the type that would rather do a project alone than have to work in a team? Do you have trouble depending on others? Are you usually disappointed with the outcome when you don't do a job yourself?
 
Nothing beats the control you have when you do things yourself. When you delegate, the fear that your project is out of hand can be overwhelming. But, sometimes a job is too big to complete on your own.  When you're forced to rely on others, the following tips can provide guidance.
 
v     Don't get mired in details. Develop high-level checks and triggers for monitoring the progress of team members.
 
v     Trust your team as best you can. If you added a person to the team for their expertise, let them "own" that portion of the project with your oversight.
 
v     Find a balance. Learn what you need to know to be able to judge the quality of the work completed, but don't take up too much time from your team members having them explain or instruct.
 
v     Check on progress regularly and consistently. Team members will begin to anticipate your patterns and the type of information you will ask them for.
 
v     Have priorities clear in your own mind and communicate them to your team. Make sure your messages are simple. Two or three major themes are enough for a project. For example, you might define your prevailing themes to be:
 
      Stay within budget
      Stay on schedule, and
      Take extra care to ensure the project complies with state and local regulations
 
At times when your themes conflict with one another, one of your most important roles as leader is to make the judgment call on which one takes priority.
 
v     Learn to live with a bit of uncertainty. Trust in your ability to make the correct decision when the time comes.
 
v     If team members give bad news, stay positive, move forward and work on the solutions to the problems.

posted on: 12/7/2007 1:30:00 PM by Ginny Gassman
category: Moving


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Ginny Gassman is the owner of Tidy Cove, LLC, which provides professional organizing services for the New Hampshire Lakes Region. Tidy Cove publishes a free organizing tips newsletter.

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