Tip #10: From Peer to Manager

"I used to be a member of this team. Now I'm the manager. Do I really have to discipline the non-performers?"

Tip #9: Put Me in Coach

Managers are responsible for a lot these days – hiring staff, meeting budget targets, and achieving departmental goals. This is a strain some days, and it is easy to feel unproductive yourself. It is equally important for employees to feel that they are meeting their goals and performing acceptably. It would be easy to ignore the individual task of coaching, but we simply can’t do that.

This quote by H. Gordon Selfridge couldn't better summarize what leaders and coaches do best:

Tip #8: Delegate and Deliver

How do you delegate AND get the results that you want?

Tip #7: Transforming Performance Goals Into Reality

How do you transform performance goals into reality?

Tip #6: Helping New Team Members

While hiring top talent is important, it’s also important for existing team members to create an environment in which newcomers are welcome and want to stick around.

It may not be your responsibility to hire new people. Perhaps that is your manager’s job. It is, however, your responsibility to help new people transition onto the team. Here are a few tips to make any new transition easier:

Tip #5: Stay Together

If you ask one of the professional guides at the Colorado Mountain School about the four rules that experienced teams always abide by in the backcountry, they will tell you: (1) stay together, (2) stay together, (3) stay together, and (4) never split up.

In the army, leaders live by the principle of “take care of your people and they will take care of you” and soldiers “watch their buddies.”

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?

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