How To Manage a Team

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“Managing is nothing more than motivating people”.  

                                                                                              -Lee Iacocca, former CEO of Chrysler

Managing a team is very important that  is not about meeting your target only, but  it is also about building relationships based on trust, not authority.

Building your team demands matching jobs to people’s strengths. That means giving people responsibilities according to skill level, not based on how close a friend they are, or how closely related they are to you.

Teams are more productive and innovative than mere work groups. They produce results that exceed what groups of individuals can do through simple cooperation and coordination. Such results reflect a “team effect:” members perform better when they feel they’re part of a team. The root of this benefit is members’ strong mutual commitment to their joint work. This commitment creates compelling social and emotional bonds among members, who come to believe that “we” will all succeed or fail together and that no one can succeed if the team fails. In every team, “we” trumps “I.” Unless you’ve been part of a team yourself, it’s hard to understand the exhilaration produced by this sense of what “we” can accomplish together.

This article discusses instead of imposing your decisions, how to suggest , support , define, focus on, talk about, expect, hire for, lead discussions about, and evaluate performance against the conditions that foster the spontaneous formation of a team. Truly a fascinating tale of how to mentor your team.

Adapted from Good Managers Lead Through a Team, HBR


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