It's not an easy mission - reaching the full potential of all available resources. Working as one cohesive unit, utilising the skills of each individual. Being thorough and paying attention to the details while wrapping everything up just in time for a deadline. Reaching the finish line given all the capricious challenges which seems to always exceeds the amount initially predicted and to so do so consistently on a daily basis in a stress-free manner, is indeed not an easy mission.
At Agado we are constantly trying to wrap our heads around what are the trades characterising how successful teams operate. We have analysed some of the most successful teams in the digital industry and looked for similar trades in the way they operate. Here is a selection of our findings:
5 trades of highly successful teams.
- Participative decision making.
Every member of the is actively contributing to decision making and leading them too successful outcomes. In this style of management responsibilities such as setting goals, assessing progress and holding other team members accountable are not exclusive to management roles.
- Clarity about the mission.
Managers and subordinates understand the overall mission that is agreed upon and is committed to following it. The clarity of the common goal is reinforced when the team has clear (and even written) expectations for the work, goals, responsibilities and expected outcome.
- Decision making based on competence.
The team makes quality decisions utilising the members with experience most relevant to the problems in question. Specialists relevant to the decision, but don't necessarily have management capabilities, are forced in the dialogue, and have the support and commitment of the team.
- Review and improve practices.
The team assesses its own methods and practices in solving the common mission. The team is able to openly discusses and continuously improve its processes, and the interaction of team members.
- Creativity is encouraged.
The team recognises the diverseness in personality and competence among its members and encourages as well as expects innovative problem solving and decision making.
Now you know some of what characterises highly successful teams. It seems simple but is not easily implemented in practice.
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