When people are brought together to work on extended and different projects, it is easy
for the team to fall into redundancy and become unproductive. This trend is seen in
government agencies and companies.
Productivity is relative to different projects and the time-frame for each project to be
accomplished. A company which produces a thousand kilograms of sugar from two
thousand kilograms of sugar-cane, and completes this task within twenty-four hours can
be said to be more productive than another company that finishes the same task in
An unproductive team is an under-achieving team; and in business, under-achievement
can have dire consequences. There are certain facts and principles that should be put
into consideration if a team leader seeks to maximize productivity of his team.
NOT HAVING AN INFINITE TEAM FLOW…
Imagine: Bill is an engineer, seeking to launch his brilliant start-up that collects data
on robotics facilities and translates the data into practical terms that will help firms
increase production speed. He recruits his friend Bob and Avril, and together, they
successfully gather and translate data for thirty firms.
The start-up is looking good and they must expand.
They need urgent, yet, unavailable finance for expansion.
The team of Bill, Bob, and Avril, was good enough to execute the aim of the first phase
of their start-up (which most likely will mostly involve tech-stuff), but now,
Even if they do receive the financial backing they will have
team growth issues none of them has experience or knowledge in building a team.
by growing a business without building the team that start-up might fail.
If your team is constantly failing, you may
consider the fact that you might need external help or trainings to support the growth.
EACH TEAM MEMBER SHOULD HAVE SPECIFIC DUTIES AND
When no one is responsible for each role of a team, the team fails. The duty and
responsibility of the CEO is clearly defined and separated from the duties and
responsibilities of the COO or the HR HEAD—even if they all have to work on the same
project. Even if your company is a small one, do not hire for hiring sake; hire a person to
do a particular job. Many companies rely on whats called an organizational chart to map out these positions
GIVE CLEAR AND PRECISE DIRECTIONS
As a team leader, the objectives, vision, and mission must be clear. If you want a project
finished by 5, do not say you want it finished around 5. When people are placed on
deadlines, their mental and physical capacities will figure out ways to beat the
deadlines. At the same time make sure to take the time to explain why the deadline is necessary.
LEAD BY EXAMPLE
An unproductive team can be traced to an unproductive leader. The moment your team
members realize you really do not have anything to offer the team, they will begin to
doubt every move and decision.
REWARD PRODUCTIVE RESULTS
When a team member performs well, reward such person. Rewards do not always have
to be financial. A pat on the back, a public and positive appraisal of the person’s
performance, bigger projects, and of course, financial rewards like bonuses, will
encourage such employee or team member and others to perform well.
Using love languages to communicate will help every team leader.
Learn what your love language is here:
NEVER PUT TWO LEADERS ON THE SAME PROJECT
Napoleon Bonaparte says, “One bad general is better than two good ones”. Competition
is good in a team; unhealthy competition is bad and when a leader puts two people to
lead on the same project at the same time, he has opened the grounds for each leader
to deliberately work towards the failure of the other and a situation like this is bad for
TAKE OUT THE “CANCER”
People are different. Some people cannot work in a team; they prefer working alone. A
leader might decide to let such people do what they do best if their service is perceived
as invaluable; however, there are other set of people who exhume so much negative
energy through persistent bad habits; such people must be pruned. Cancer spreads and
a team member who will deliberately and continuously sow discord amongst other team
members must be unapologetically cut off.
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