Managing a team and its performance is what every manager should do. Ensuring that every team member understands his / her role and responsibilities, has the necessary skills and resources for the job, and is sufficiently motivated to work effectively and productively is essentially what successful Team Management accomplishes.
A good Team Manager knows how to set Goals and Objectives for his / her team so that they understand what is expected of them and what aspects of their work will be measured for performance assessment. It is no secret that we influence behaviour considerably by what we measure.
Assessing a team member’s ability to discharge his / her duties is vital to ensuring project success. If the team member has insufficient skills or experience needed for the project they are in, remedial training and support interventions such as mentoring / coaching can be planned. Team members understand all such programs to be investments in their own growth and as a sign of recognition from the organization.
Motivating a team during good times may be a cinch, but bringing together a diverse team to deliver quality consistently in challenging times can be daunting. Recognizing stellar performance, giving timely and constructive feedback (with the right intentions) and leading a team through personal example all build enormous personal credibility and trust in the manager. High performers also value a manager who is firm and decisive with team members who demonstrate poor attitude. Effective Team Managers also know how to resolve conflicts, troubleshoot issues and serve as a sounding board when the team needs to solve problems.
Project Managers can approach Team Management with a focus on structure, standardized practices and appropriate communication.