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4 Things Every Team Needs

No matter how big or small your team or what its goal is, there are four things it needs to succeed. As a leader, it’s your job to help your group create and adhere to each of these:

A meaningful common purpose – Most teams are responding to a mandate.   But to be successful, your team must “own” this purpose by developing its own spin on it.

Specific performance goals – Develop measurable goals to inspire your team and inject a sense of urgency.  Shared goals require everyone to focus on their collective effort, rather than on differences in titles or status.

Commitment to how the work gets done – At the onset, agree on who will do what jobs, how you will establish and honor schedules, and how you will make and modify decisions.

Mutual accountability – You can’t force trust and commitment.   By agreeing upon purpose and goals, your team members forge their accountability to one another — not just to the leader.

(Source: Harvard Business Review, 23 May 2013)

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