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Building High-Value Teams Part II: Team Tasks

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byJudy Murphy, Murphy’s Executive Leadership onAugust 17, 2021

People and their teams are the key drivers to organizational success. There are five critical areas that teams need to pay attention to ensure that their organizations stay relevant and add value. We’ll look at one of them in this article.

In our last article, we talked about identifying stakeholders and understanding their expectations. In this article will address the second area – team tasks.

What do we mean by team tasks?

1. It is critical that the team has a clear and agreed sense of its purpose.

A clearly defined and shared purpose helps the team to focus on its “why”. What can the team uniquely do together that its members cannot achieve working independently? We can begin to discover team purpose by understanding stakeholder expectations.

2. The team requires a well-developed vision, strategy and goals.

The key to this is understanding the role that this team plays in delivering on the organization’s purpose, strategy and goals. What goals will team members collectively set?

3. The team and its members have well-defined key performance indicators.

With team goals in place, the team must define success. What indicators has each team put in place that will result in meeting organization-wide performance goals?

4. The team and its members are clear about their roles and processes.

Once team members reach a collective understanding of the team’s purpose and goals, they can ensure that there are well-defined expectations for all team members and processes that will support good decision-making and results. What is clear and unclear in your team roles and processes?

Take a moment to think about the various teams in your organization. Does each team have its own unique purpose, strategy, objectives and performance indicators? What is working well, what can be improved?

Read the next article in the series on team relationships.

Judy is a Certified Executive Coach (Royal Roads University), a Chartered Professional in Human Resources (CPHR Manitoba), a Certified Management Consultant (CMC Canada) and an FCPA, FCA. She is a Certified Myers Briggs Practitioner. She is also certified in DiSC and Motivators through TTISuccess Insights and in Emotional Intelligence (Eqi2.0 and Eqi360) through MHS Assessments. Get in touch with Judy through her website or connect on Linkedin.

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