Nobody sets out to lead an ineffective team.

Many strategies adopted by leaders, however, are not all that effectual in building and maintaining teams that are creative and efficient.

Here are some points to consider:

  • Teams are not parties – don't invite everyone!
    Teams can be too large and too homogenous. A team of like-minded individuals may create a safe and comfortable environment; it also produces a narrower vision than a team that is diverse both in personality and function.
  • Set ground rules that spark creativity.
    It's important to have ground rules, but be sure sure they spark, not stifle creativity.
  • Discuss failures as well as successes.
    Talking about embarrassing experiences often generates more ideas than just talking about successes.
  • Cut meeting times in half.
    It's better to have shorter meetings more frequently than long meetings too far apart. A facilitator should solicit contributions related to the agenda before the meeting to serve as a starting point for discussion. Facilitators are also responsible to encourage full participation. A diverse team is only valuable if everyone has a voice.
  • Some teams are too polite!
    Properly managed, disagreements help teams probe the strengths and weaknesses of any idea.

Source: Kellogg Insight, 2018