July 18, 2011 / 2:13 PM / 8 years ago

Management Tip of the Day: Characteristics your team needs

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

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 HBR.org (www.hbr.org). 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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