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What Makes An Effective Team?

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Well I’ve got a lot of grey hair now and on the way to that I have experienced some ordinary team structures and with great pleasure a few absolute crackers. The list below is not exhaustive, but I guarantee that the ingredients of a top performing team will always show some or all of these characteristics.

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An effective team consists of individuals who work together to achieve a common goal or purpose and who hold themselves accountable for team output & success.

To be considered “Effective” it is generally expected that several criteria are met:

Clear objectives:

There should be mutually-agreed aims and objectives, and everyone has a clear understanding of these. It is critical that these aims & objectives are closely aligned with the overall organisations’ objectives & timelines.

Balanced roles:

There is a good balance of skills, abilities and aspirations. Team members should have a clear understanding of each individual’s role in achieving overall team objectives.

Effective processes:

There are good processes for making, communicating, implementing and reviewing decisions. There are effective information systems and co-ordination of resources.

Good communication:

Meetings are productive and there is effective communication up, down and across the organisation.

Appropriate leadership:

The team trusts the team leader and feels that it is led in an appropriate way.

Support and trust:

People help each other by listening, evaluating, offering ideas, encouraging experimentation and giving support.

Openness and conflict:

People express themselves openly and honestly. There is a willingness to work through difficult situations or conflict constructively.

Mutual co-operation:

There is a readiness to be involved and committed. Individuals’ abilities, knowledge and experience are pooled and used by the team. There is acceptance of each other’s’ strengths and weaknesses.

Individual development:

‘Mistakes’ are faced openly and used as a vehicle for learning. Individuals are given opportunities to develop new skills and experience.

Sound inter-group relations:

The team enjoys good relations with other teams, departments and agencies, each valuing and respecting the other.

Regular review:

The team regularly reviews its performance and goals and alters its priorities and practice in the light of review.