Magazine article Management Today

Career Masterclass: Building a Team

Magazine article Management Today

Career Masterclass: Building a Team

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Define your direction.

Fujifilm's employees were united by a simple aim: 'Kill Kodak'. Develop a mission statement with your team as early as possible. Give people the freedom to work in their own way but set one rule: every action taken, decision made or goal set is done with the mission in mind.

Use stakeholders. Get the leaders who could help your team to act as mentors. Test ideas on them; ask them to coach you on barriers to your plans; involve them as leaders for meetings so they're seen as supporters. If they want you to flourish, you will.

Promote collaboration. Foster a culture of idea pooling and joint decision-making. Leading a team of lone wolves? Ask them to write down their individual concerns and goals, then help them spot common ground and ways to help one another.

Encourage accountability. In high functioning teams, members know their areas of responsibility and take ownership of problems, so there's no buck-passing, overlaps or excuses.

Thrash it out. Healthy conflict can unlock creativity, increase understanding and help teams reach better solutions. …

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