alignment, so team members are pulling in different directions. The result is wasted energy. By contrast, effective teams pull in the same direction to achieve the team's goals.
When teams are having trouble, they should go back to basics, since ineffective teams usually violate some basic principles of team development. By reviewing the fundamentals, an ineffective team can transform itself into a high-performance one. Begin by establishing clear team goals. The team, its sponsor, and stakeholders must clarify what the team should accomplish. Also, establish clear evidence procedures for each objective. The easiest way to clarify team goals is to write a team charter that states the objectives and criteria for measuring progress. Then identify the skills necessary to achieve the team's goals, and make sure the team has those skills. Do not overlook the importance of communication, planning, negotiation, and leadership skills. Also, identify the resources the team needs, including material resources and support from others. Make sure the team has the resources to be successful.
If what the team is doing is not working, do something else. Adapt the team approach to achieve the desired outcome. The approach will work best when team members trust one another. Teams build
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