Using Team Operating Charters To Create Effective Teams

January 30, 2010 | By

Effective teams are the most effective and even the only way to make organizations work. Managers cannot deliver the whole job – it’s just not possible.

That said, teams need to have some ground rules to be effective too…

Team building is a vital component of anything you need to do in business, unless you are a one-man band cobbler or something, with no-one else working with you. The team is vital to make what you want to happen, happen effectively and efficiently, all the time.

For most managers, there will be a bunch of people upon whom you depend to get the job done, because, as we’ve come across before, you cannot do it all yourself. Leveraging their own particular skills is the way to create successful outcomes for all you want.

So, you need a bunch of people who are going to gel; work well together; synergize and deliver outstanding results – right? A group of like-minded people who will contribute for the greater good of all, to outcomes that contribute to the needs of the team at organizational level.

They need to ensure that they support each other whilst using their own individual skills to use for the length of the business need or project. Benefiting from their own peculiar talents, a team will generate more successfully because of the debate and collaboration through their individualities.

What better way to build your team than on the job?

There is a space for going building rafts and bonding socially. Truth is, the real work is where your team pull together in achieving the goals you need to work on together.

To start up, it’s always worth creating some ground rules about the ways that you will work together. This will mean that you all agree on the boundaries you set between you all, so that what you do work on will be collaborative, and not fall foul of dispute, frustration and competition.

A great way to do this is to create a specific exercise for all what an operating charter is drawn up, with everyone contributing and, once agreed, signed up to. By setting aside time in the early phases of working together, you will be making an investment that will be well worth while for the team as a whole, as well as the results you achieve too.

By creating a way of working together, clearly stating goals and objectives as well as how you are going to go about it, you will stand a far greater chance of collaborative success for everyone, apportion activities and then be able to apply timelines that everyone signs up to.

Not to mention that there will be a team spirit and bonding engendered by the exercise too.

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