So there is a show that my 3 1/2 year old son likes to watch with some household rodent pets that sing a song and talk about "Team Work". Enclosed is Thomas singing this for our entertainment. He and I are always singing the song and talking about conflict resolution (talking instead of yelling or hitting)
… but I digress…
I think that second to communications management, the next best extra special secret sauce to project management is the ability to foster teamwork and development.
Last week I was away on course and they had us often working in small and medium sized teams. I found this very fun and also a great opportunity to look at overall team dynamics. I think this is where the true art is paramount.
We all I think in general feel the importance of being team members/players, but often that conflicts with the need to get things done, delegate, be delegated to, jointly brainstorm and generally feel appreciated.
Maybe it was the nature of my course, but I saw a group of people who seemed well atuned to the situation. Even when during a mock meeting one of the actors went in a direction (probably different from the teams original plan) I saw people quickly rally around the learnings of the change versus – hey that’s not what you were supposed to do. Very surprising if you had seen the situation.
On the other side of team dynamics was leadership and the importance of the leader of the initiative (generally someone who is not involved in the process regularly) to clearly articulate objectives, while leaving the team room to figure things out on their own.
Just some early musings on Teamwork as I imagine this is going to be a critical issue as we grow. So let me know your thoughts.