The Effective Team Working Checklist
An effective working relationship with your team is essential to building a successful network, department or business.
When it goes well, everyone will be working side by side sharing the vision, influence, operational know-how, navigating political sensitivities, utilising connections and making the best use of tools and resources.
Here are my 3 top tips to support effective team working that will serve as a checklist for you to review and action today.
1. Are you all clear on roles and responsibilities?
Each role should be clarified to ensure that you both are working collaboratively and are complimenting each other's activities.
Whilst writing this my project coordinator and I discussed this and found that; whilst there is some overlap between some of the activities my project coordinator and PA carry out, in general, there was a clear distinction between our roles.
2. Are you fully making the most of the opportunities to share leadership across your team?
With roles defined, I feel it’s important that leadership is shared where appropriate and colleagues are empowered to make decisions, investigate ideas and lead on workstreams.
Within our business, we typically support Community Education Provider Networks (CEPNs), and these steering groups tend to be typically small (no more than 5 people working on the project daily).
Whilst the clinical lead is seen as traditionally top of the hierarchy. I believe everyone in the team is equally important, where we all at times will need to perform both leadership and operational tasks.
3. Are you communicating enough?
Communication is key, and I know it is obvious, but it must be said. You need to get to know each other and cultivate your communication style. You need to develop a rapport so you all feel comfortable being honest and also having fun!
Meet and talk often, otherwise I can assure you that cracks will start to.
Meet formally and informally, create internal newsletters, have a weekly lunch or tea break together, use project management tools or video conferencing.
Everyone needs to know what’s going on and in turn, this makes everyone feel valued, part of the team enabling everyone to perform more effectively.
As we start this new year, today make the commitment to strengthening the relationships within your team.