Management Tip of the Day: Characteristics your team needs

Mon Jul 18, 2011 3:29pm EDT
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BOSTON (Reuters Life!) - There are a few key essentials that define the characteristics that could give your team a fighting chance for success, says Harvard Business Review.

The Management Tip of the Day offers quick, practical management tips and ideas from Harvard Business Review and ( Any opinions expressed are not endorsed by Reuters.

"What makes a team work can feel like a mystery. While you can't guarantee success, you can give your team a better chance by being sure it has the following:

1. A common purpose. Most teams form as a result of an outside mandate. To work together effectively, team members need to rally around a meaningful purpose they've embraced as their own.

2. A mix of complementary skills. It's dangerous for everyone on a team to have the same skills and perspective. Look for people with varying technical and functional expertise who bring different approaches to problem-solving and decision-making.

3. Mutual accountability. You cannot coerce commitment. The process of agreeing on a goal together will forge trust and build the team's accountability to one another."

-Today's management tip was adapted from the essay collection, "Guide to Project Management."

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<p>Workers are seen in an office in a file photo. REUTERS/Catherine Benson</p>