To deliver on time, your team need to work together. With effective teamwork one can achieve a common goal:
1. Define Expectations:
The Team leader must clearly communicate the expectations regarding the Team's performance and its expected outcomes. Each team member must fully understand the purpose of the Team and its functions.
Allow each team member to feel that they are an important element to the Team to ensure their full and eager participation. They must be aware that they need to be committed to accomplishing the Team mission and expected outcomes. Allow the Team to create its own mission, vision and strategy to accomplish its task.
3. Develop Competence:
Create a Team whereby each member has the required knowledge, skill and capability to address issues related to their tasks and the Team itself. Where this is not in place, ensure they have access to the help they need.
4. Empower the Team:
Give the Team enough freedom and empowerment to feel the ownership necessary to accomplish its tasks. They must, however, clearly understand their boundaries and how far they may go in pursuit of solutions and decision making.
The Team's reporting process and accountability must be understood by all members. The organisation should clearly define the Team's authority to make recommendations and to implement its plan. Team members must hold each other accountable for project timelines, commitments and results.
Ensure that team members are clear about the priority of their tasks and that there is an established process for the Team to give feedback and to receive honest performance feedback. Continually provide important business information to the Team on a regular basis and that there is a platform whereby they too can communicate clearly and honestly with each other and with management.
7. Create Innovation:
If the organisation is really interested in change, reward those who fit in and maintain the status quo. Provide them with the necessary training, education, access to books, films and field trips that are necessary to stimulate new thinking.