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Working with teams, whether as leader of a single team or manager of several, is an essential part of a manager’s remit. Team-working is rapidly becoming the preferred practice in many organisations as traditional corporate hierarchies give way to flat, multi-skilled working methods. Here are eleven actions for improving team efficiency:

  1. 1.      Analyse team dynamics. Good team leaders make the most of the human assets at their disposal. To do this, you need to understand each group member, how their behaviour changes within the team, and how individual responses vary at different stages in the team’s development.
  2. 2.      Communicate effectively. Strong communication links are vital to the wellbeing of a team. The most effective links occur naturally – for example, the casual conversation – but these will need supplementing by new technology. Choose the most appropriate method to suit your team.
  3. 3.      Run team meetings. Making team meetings effective is a major test of leadership skills. The key to holding a productive meeting is to involve everybody actively in the proceedings. Ensure that team members understand the purpose of each meeting and what is expected of them.
  4. 4.      Network a team. All teams, no matter what their purpose, depend to a considerable extent on good networking skills. Make full use of the formal and informal connections both inside and outside your organisation to provide valuable support for your team.
  5. 5.      Share information. No person and no team is an island. Two-way information links between a team and the rest of an organisation, and its external support are vital for efficiency. Remember that collaboration and co-operation are hindered by the absence of open communication.
  6. 6.      Think creatively. Without new ideas, teams are unlikely to achieve the breakthroughs that generate real success. Creative thinking is a team responsibility in which all members should participate. Develop it in teams through plenty of training and practice.
  7. 7.      Deal with problems. Team members not only solve problems – they also create them. It is vital to build up loyalty between team members so that all difficulties, whether personal, work-related, or procedural, are tackled before they undermine the collective team spirit.
  8. 8.      Improve standards. Any systematic approach to improving performance needs to challenge existing ways of working. Teams looking to improve must learn to generate their own tasks, tackle problems, agree on solutions, and implement their decisions with confidence.
  9. 9.      Measure performance. If something cannot be measured, it cannot be improved upon. This basic principle applies to any job. Define individual and team standards – that they always meet deadlines, for instance – to give a targeted objective by which performance can be judged.
  10. 10.  Track team progress. A good team is aware of the need to remain dynamic. Review progress regularly to maintain momentum, provide an overview, and ask team members, singly or in groups, to define specific aspects of the project that could be improved in the future.
  11. 11.  Have some fun.  A productive team is often a happy team.


If your organisation is looking for ways to develop their team leaders or managers, ask about Track Training’s exclusive ‘Grow Programme’ and the funding opportunities that we can offer at Diploma Level 2 through to post graduate Level 5.  We can allow for work-based training to take place at your company site*, at flexible times and for your staff to achieve internationally recognised qualifications through the Institute of Leadership and Management.  Alternatively you can attend a University of South Wales approved site.


Telephone 0845 1306461 or email for details.


*Minimum numbers apply. Funding eligibility varies depending on a multitude of factors, such as size of company, location, number of employees, existing qualification levels, UK residency, etc.

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