How to Get the Work Done from a Team?

You can go on and on about what are the basics to successful team building. After all, there is no fixed formula to what makes a group of people click on different occasions. But there are a few principles that are followed by almost every manager. Here are some practical propositions to team building that can help:

It is very important for a team leader to be honest to his/her team. S/he should tell them exactly where they stand within the organization. A team leader should convey the right information in a positive manner. Once your team members know their exact position in the organization, they will take your instructions in a better manner. Honesty is the best policy.

Be consistent about your communication with your team members. Remember, you will lose credibility with your team members if you communicate the same situation differently with different team members. For instance, if you rebuke a team member for his/her mistake, and spare someone else when s/he does the same mistake, you lose credibility. Also, make sure that you manage your moods at work. If you project a professional behavior, no matter what the situation is, your team will surely respect you. Consistency is the key.

Always be frank with your team members. If there is any bad news coming for your team or the organization, make sure you sit down for a meeting and share this important news with them. Avoid using phrases like “The management asked me to keep it secret”, “I don’t have all the facts yet”, “I don’t think the employees can handle bad news”, etc. At times employees are aware of the bad news even before their managers get to know about it. Lastly, employees would appreciate whatever information you share with them. Remember, they can handle bad news as long as their managers are concerned about them.

When you emphasize on feedback and insist on giving/receiving constant feedback, you build a bond of trust that improves your team’s performance. Make feedback a thumb rule. Your team members work hard, and by giving feedback you show that you appreciate their efforts and the difference they make. Let them know that you value their feedback, to make the work environment a ‘win-win’ situation.

People go to work because they want to make a difference at their job, as well as their lives. One of the best ways to generate team support is to involve them in solution creation process. Be it staff meetings, one-on-one sessions, workshops, etc, create an atmosphere that lets your team members express themselves freely. Try this, and you will be showered with innovative, proactive and practical solutions that are better than what you imagined. In short involve your team in team building.

Office work reminders:

To enable one to complete actions required in day to day office work irrespective of position following supports can help in accomplishing the tasks:

* Post-it notes: Stick them onto your computer, desk board. Post-its are easy ways to remember matters, especially stuff like making calls, sending mails or couriers. You can keep different colored post-it notes for different projects.

* Diary: For those, who are in the habit of checking notes every now and then, there’s nothing better than maintaining a diary. You can keep detailed information in a diary but make sure you highlight important matters so that they do not get lost in the clutter.

* Mobile reminders: You carry your mobile everywhere you go. So, let your cell beep as and when required to remind you of certain tasks you need to complete.

* Personal assistant: You could request your colleague to help you out in remembering important things, if s/he has a good memory. Just tell him/her at what time you would like to be reminded that’s it.

* Time table: If you have a slight memory disorder, you can do with a simple time table. Take a piece of chart paper and write down all the important tasks with a marker. Stick it on the desk and look at it every now and then.

Working with teams is common to any positions call it team leader, middle management executive, departmental head and above. One should know how to motivate his team  and get the work done in the best interest of the organization. Art of delegation plays a key role in getting the work done and motivating the team  properly.

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  • Pratimagurung2005

    Was great 2 read, well written article. Points discussed are very appropriate. Very useful article.

  • Thankyou @228429631cbcd556499576d03f3ef7c7:disqus ! Appreciate your response. Do let us know if there are any other winning formula that works for you . Looking forward to hear from you.

  • Vasudev Jagirdar

    A very useful well written article, helps young achivers.

  • Adil Butt

    yap, it is very helpful

  • Nanda Ranatunge

    Good article specially 2nd para  very useful 

  • Psaritha

    Good one.Totally agree.But have a query?Incase of repeative feedbacks shared by the teamleader to his team member on hi performance if there is no improvement then how to motivate them.Please advice

  • Rahman Jacky

    Good one.Great to read.

  • Suja chandran

    Good article!!!. Really useful coz am working as a team lead. Thankyou

  • Shivangi Rani

    gud one, really liked it, very useful for those who are working in a team


    Yaa…! good, but required indent on this concept as Work Compartmental,Involvement, Models and Position Management.

  • Poornima

    wonderful article..very informative

  • Sabitha

    Very good and helpfull.

  • Maria Micaela

    very informative and useful

  • Vishalpremrajka

    gud one

  • Maheshanshal

    good one and thanks!

  • Valan

    Thank you for your very good article .It is amazing .it is good do need and follow the same for Team work at work place ,and society residences etc;

  • Leenafernandes52

    Thanks.  It is very useful as I teach the BCA students how to be team leaders

  • Meshach

    Self explanatory article. Great job keep it up.

  • Rsingh

    Very informative and quite near to the real situation.  I liked it.

  • Slavanya Klu

    Very Useful. Thank you.

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  • Bapu Kadam

    Sir, thanks for such a gr8 article. This will help me to handle my team.

  • Amitdivekar

    good one boss

  • Crowlymathew

    Hi, Thank you for the article.   It is important to communicate to other team members if you are lagging behind the schedule, so that they will be able to do the needful to do the needful.



  • yes it is very important to leader for managing his team nice article

  • Thanks for sharing.
    Well written article, keep up your good work.

  • Xtracare2004

    Thoughtful article

  • Mrs. Rashmi Naik

    Thanks for helpful article for me as a new comer in this field.

  • Manasi

    good very helpful

  • H Naik

    It’s one of the best informative article. Nice one sir. 

  • Permeshwernath

    Good posting. It can further be eloborated

  • Riotmar77

    very helpful article … keep it up

  • Chandra mohan

    good one

  • john samuel

    “Coming together is a beginning.
    Keeping together is progress.
    Working together is success.”
    Henry Ford

  • Another aspect of “Time table” is to establish a regular schedule of status report meetings where the staff is expected to provide a quick summary of where they are on a given assignment.

  • Jamshed Anwar

    very importent and basic information on team wark. but be careful you must take care of your local invorment and behaveoure of peopls.and your history.any way best and helpful.

  • Mmunusamy

    very useful

  • Mksharma

    Appreciable, very good article.

  • Dear Mr Rao, Very simple, LEAD THE TEAM FROM FRONT and that will only be possible if we have done the task in our career. my practical experience says, if i ask any one to do a task which i have always avoided or not done personally(any reason) it becomes difficult to motivate the team to do. I spent 14 years in hard core sales and 25 years in marketing and corporate management. I feel, it is never too late, even if we start now to achieve some thing, we can do that. Zid karo, and Dunia Badlo.

    Shiv Bhandari,
    CEO, Markmen Marketing Associates

  • Dmoroka

    Very interesting and informative.

  • The two way communication allowing you to “When you emphasize on feedback and insist on giving/receiving constant feedback” is very important to leadership. a manager who is concistent in this regard will build strong team unity.

  • Princemn

    it is very useful article for group managers 

  • Tsamwa Dickson

    Helpful tips indeed. Many thanx.

  • Viplovehr Vishwas

    Such a nice article. Its really helpful.
    please let me know what to do when you have the people in the team who are either your competitors or who those don’t like you. 

  • B Jose Fatti Raaj

    Wow, excellent article. This is definitely an art. Honing this skill of managing people is considered as one of the most wanted talent around the globe.

    The underlying truth is that irrespective of your work / domain (Finance, Legal, IT, HR, Manufacturing…blah.. balh..) Any upcoming domain as well, will definitely need this skill for an individual to shine from a trainee to a top level executive.

    Good work!!!!

    B Jose Fatti Raaj