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Pepperdine University School of Law

Saturday, December 23, 2017

NY Times: How To Build A Successful Team

TeamNew York Times, How to Build a Successful Team:

Building a successful team is about more than finding a group of people with the right mix of professional skills. Over the course of interviewing over 500 leaders for Corner Office, I asked them all about the art of fostering a strong sense of teamwork. Their insights can help you lay the groundwork for a highly productive team that can communicate, cooperate and innovate in an atmosphere of mutual trust and respect.

Make a Plan:  You need a clear and measurable goal for what you want to accomplish.

  • Hiring Well Isn't Enough
  • Create A Clear Map
  • Have A Shared Scorecard
  • You May Feel Like A Broken Record ...

Rules of the Road:  You’ll need a set of values, behaviors and cultural guardrails so that everybody knows how to work together.

  • Creat Your Team's Culture
  • ... And Stick To It

Show a Little Respect:  If team members don’t feel respected, they won’t be motivated to bring their best ideas — and their best selves — to work.

  • The Effects Of A Bad Boss
  • Set The Tone

It's About the Team:  A team is stronger when everybody delivers on their individual roles.

  • Accountability Goes Both Ways
  • If You Say It, Do It

Have Conversations:  Difficult discussions aren’t anyone’s idea of fun — but they are necessary for running a successful team.

  • Stay On Your Side Of The Net
  • Set Expectations For Feedback
  • The Hazards Of Email
  • Simple ... In Theory

(Hat Tip: Trey Childress.)

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