Tip #4: Encourage a Diversity of Ideas

“No one is thinking if everyone is thinking alike.” - General George S. Patton

Think about the importance of this statement. Innovative teams not only embrace differences of opinions and new ideas – they encourage it. Through a diversity of ideas teams learn to innovate, challenge the status quo, and enhance their processes and projects.

Here are a few tips to help your team think differently:

Tip #3: Re-evaluate Yearly Goals

With less than three months remaining in the year, it’s time to dust off your 2005 goals and assess your progress. Here are some questions to ask as you review your goals.

Tip #2: Know Your Role

Teamwork -- noun: work done by several associates with each doing a part but all subordinating personal prominence to the efficiency of the whole.” Do the individuals on your team know their part? Have you discussed and defined each role? Have you reinforced the importance of each team member’s performance to the group?

Tip #1: The Team Charter

Does your team have an agreed upon method and process for interacting with each other? Has your team discussed how it wants to "be" together? Has your team identified the dynamics that will result in the highest level of performance for everyone?

Professional Goals Should Be Collaborative

I work with clients every week to help improve engagement, collaboration, retention, and productivity. And I know that when the term "performance management" comes up everyone either starts laughing or running. The fact of the matter is that if you fall into the trap of creating annual goals and then never reviewing them (individually and/or with your people), then skepticism is probably well founded, and you ARE wasting time.

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