Major projects can be stressful handling on your own, but it’s a whole new game when you’re in charge of a team; a team that has to make sure you get the project done right. Here are a few tips to ensure you create an effective team for your upcoming major project.
Choosing Your Team Members Wisely
To create an effective team, be sure to select your team wisely. If it’s an important project, select team members you’ve previously worked with so you’ll know their strengths and weaknesses beforehand. It’s also best if you select team member who have a variety of talents, as well as a good connection with you. It’s nearly impossible to work well with someone you don’t see eye-to-eye with. At the same time, don’t let go of a valuable asset to the team just because you don’t know them well or like them too much.
Making Sure They Are Well Rested And Rejuvenated From Their Previous Projects
Being stressed out after a major project is pretty normal, especially if most of the weight of their work falls onto their mental health. However, if they are stressed and fatigued mentally even before they start on the project (thanks to a challenging project they worked on before), you’ll find that they are less productive and more dead weight on the team. If you have the time to do so, take your potential team on a wellness retreat before embarking on the new project to ensure they’re well-rested and rejuvenated mentally. A health and fitness retreat in Sydney is just what the doctor would order!
Break The Ice Well Before The Project Begins
If you have any new members working with you, or you have to work with a brand new team, chances are that you’ll have to get familiar with them fast to be truly productive. Ice breaking games and activities are best for situations like this; especially if you have to find out their strengths and talents in a small period of time. If you have longer, then heading for a meal together can be a great way to create comfort among team members, as food is a magical relationship builder.
Assigning Work, Pairing Them And Playing Their Strengths
Once you know your members well, and you know their strengths and preference make sure to effectively delegate the tasks for best results. Assign them tasks, and make sure they know they’re responsible, and that you trust them to take decisions on their own. Play their strength; pairing them up with a suitable team member if you feel they’ll work better together or allow them to work by themselves if that’s what will bring better results for your project.
Being A True Team Leader
A true leader will not only know how to delegate tasks in the most effective way, but also pull their own weight-making sure to play their part. Be supportive and open for questions and doubts. Keep the communication lines open, and make sure you expect your team members understand your communication expectations. It’s also best to use task assigning platforms so you know for sure which members are doing their part, and which may be slacking off. These platforms are also a great way to show your team members that you’re doing your part as a true team leader.