Managing people doesn’t merely equate to ensuring the people in it get their own work done well and on time – good management means involving people in whatever creative role fits their skill sets best, and supporting them in areas that they’re not so confident on. Equally, a team should manage itself. A manager is there to delegate the right tasks to the right people, and should be able to give work to any team member and know that it will be done correctly and to a high standard.
This article will succinctly cover how to equip yourself and your team with the knowledge with which they can easily can manage their respective workloads themselves, and work better together as a team.
No individual or organisation produces good results without clear objectives – SMART objectives.
– Specific: So that the path to the goal is understood so nothing is done wrong;
– Measurable: Have targets been met? This is vital for evaluation and future planning;
– Achievable: Unreasonable targets will be ignored, and will cause a loss of credibility;
– Realistic: Objectives must work logically toward the bigger picture;
– Timed: Without clear timings, objectives lose meaning.
The term ‘project management’ is very relevant to all team members – it applies to any project given, no matter how long- or short-term. Always ensure that a project is:
– Carefully planned and organised;
– Carried out effectively;
– Meticulously monitored;
– Evaluated, with any evaluations turned into actions for change and then implemented.
The last point of the previous section relates to this. In order for a team and the individuals in it to develop, it’s important to be mindful of and act continuously on the following points:
– Analyse every task: What’s required to do it in terms of equipment and resources? Who is the best person to do it?
– Define any gaps: Is there anything that needs to be done to create a better fit between the person and the task?
– Specify development points: These could be methods, budgets or priorities;
– Move forward: Execute action and closely monitor outcomes.
It’s crucial for all team members to carry out these actions continually. Development should simply never stop – the more mindful each team member is of all the points outlined in this, the better they will work autonomously and with one another; the upward cycle of better communication, better morale and overall better teamwork and results will be the outcome.