Teams

How to Stop Micromanaging Your Team

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by: Rebecca Knight Micromanaging is a hard habit to break. You may downplay your propensities by labeling yourself a “control freak” or by claiming that you just like to keep close tabs on your team, but those are poor excuses for excessive meddling. What can you do to give your people the space they need to…

Four Tips for Managing Performance in Agile Teams

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by: Johanna Rothman I’ve been talking with clients recently about their managers’ and HR’s transition to agile. I hear this common question: “How do we manage performance of the people on our agile teams?” Reframe “manage performance” to “career development.” People on agile teams don’t need a manager to manage their performance. If they are retrospecting…

How to Make a Team of Stars Work

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by: Claudio Fernández-Aráoz In my early years as an executive search consultant in Argentina, I was frequently asked to hire senior investment bankers. Citibank and J.P. Morgan were the leading players in the region at the time, but as I contacted and interviewed most of their key bankers, I saw something strange going on. While both…

58 Complete Role & Responsibility Descriptions

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Why do you need Clear Roles and Responsibilities? What does not having clearly defined roles and responsibilities cause? Confusion Rework Conflict Having clear and agreed roles will give clarity and comfort for the team and stakeholders and removes risk from your project. As a project professional, I know as well as you do that time…

How to Handle Rebellion on Your Team

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by: Richard E. Boyatzis Have you ever been blindsided in a meeting? You adequately prepared. The objectives were clear. But then, BLAM! Someone objects to one of your assumptions about halfway through the meeting and others just add to the objections. You try to explain your reasoning, but no one comes to your defense. Others…

Completed RACI Matrices

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Don’t you love it when someone else does your work for you? To save you time on planning I have created some completed RACI matrices. These matrices each contain comprehensive listings of activities required to complete some of the most common types of projects. It then shows you who should be responsible, accountable, consulted and informed…