Think about your role on various teams throughout the years. In elementary school, you picked teams for recess, had fun sending Red Rover over, and your commitment was through when the bell rang. In middle school, you may have joined a robotics club or a track league…a little more work, but you did it for the fun of it all and you probably have fond memories looking back.
Then came high school and recreational sports teams- teams where we were introduced to hard work also known as “practice”, strategy and stiff competition. Boy, we learned fast that fun and the achievement of winning really came with a high price tag!
With all of that in our history, are we really prepared to be a productive member of a team within our organization? Sounds like it might be a lot of work! If we think it through, it’s probably a Yes and No answer on that one, depending on your buy in to the final product, right?
Organizations rely on teams a great deal, and some examples include an interview team, an implementation or on boarding team, an IT team, or a cross functional team. Teamwork is required for many different reasons: problem solving, creative focus, learning or training initiatives.
How can we be sure we can achieve success by putting a team together? While nothing is a 100% guarantee, I would like to suggest starting by asking some questions first, the most important being “Do I really need a team?”
The following questions are an extract from Teams and Teamwork, Getting a GRIP on Your Team eBook. They are designed to help you build the best team to get a specific job done.
The Task or Project
- Is the task/project complex or straightforward?
- What types of decisions need to be made to complete the work?
- What kinds of barriers exist?
- Does the work cross functions?
- How important is diversity of thought or representation?
- How long will it take to complete the work?
- Is there organizational support for a team?
- What is the degree of urgency regarding the task or project?
- Is the organization prepared to delegate authority to the team?
- Are there development programs to support the team members?
- Is there adequate technology to support the team?
- What skills or competencies are needed to complete the work?
- Who has the information needed to complete the work?
- What is the nature of the relationships among key stakeholders?
- Do key players have higher priority work to complete?
- Are individuals collocated or geographically dispersed?
Not only will these questions help you to determine the need for a team but also help you determine what skill set and resources will be needed for this team to be a success.
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