I have discovered that most leadership teams struggle with team effectiveness. I have personally lead teams that were not effective as well as teams that have been very effective. In this post I would like to put forth some questions for team leaders and team members to ponder:
- How does your team evaluate its effectiveness?
- Are your results measurable? Can you accurately assess the “level” of team results?
- Regardless of the degree of measurability, how would you describe the results for your team?
- What is your team being held accountable to accomplish during the next 12 months?
- What is the purpose of your team? This is different from the mission statement of the department or organization. What is your team going to be held accountable for this year?
- What is the current situation as it relates to the purpose of the team?
- Are the right people on the team? If not, who else needs to be on the team?
- Are the necessary resources available to accomplish the purpose? If not, what is missing?
- How would you evaluate the shared purpose of your team using the following descriptions?
- Is your team’s purpose statement “clear”?
- Is your team’s purpose statement “relevant”?
- Is your team’s purpose statement “achievable”?
- Is your team’s purpose statement “urgent”?
What other questions would you ask? What are you going to do to help your team be more effective? What is your team’s purpose statement?