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Managing Teams

Working remotely is the dream for many. It saves the hours of pointless travel to work and provides the flexibility to work ate one’s own pace. However, an unintended consequence is the shrinking of social life. The office space has become by default a second home to many, so a key social link goes missing when working remotely. Yes, there are periodic conference calls, plus there are genuine attempts at socializing, but it feels forced. The Katzenbach Center has studied many such cases to come up with solutions on how companies can bring back that element of socializing while continuing the remote work system, as it undoubtedly brings a lot of benefits. One needs to build virtual teams by fostering a sense of empathy within. Impromptu connections need be encouraged. An agile talent management system must be put in place to counter the usual rigidity. Slowly and steadily the habits of professionals may be changed by closing such interpersonal gaps.

Source:https://www.strategy-business.com/article/Virtually-Alone-Real-Ways-to-Connect-Remote-Teams?gko=147ef

Uploaded Date:15 September 2018

Rebecca Shambaugh has written several books such as Make Room for her, It’s Not a Glass Ceiling and It’sa Sticky Floor. She is considered an authority on leadership coaching and management training. She speaks about the travails of going too far with collaboration. Of course, collaboration is seen as a positive sign at corporates, but too much of it, gives out the signal that one is indecisive and over-complicates simple decision-making. Such people need to learn what to prioritize so they see the bigger picture. For this, they need key influencers in their entourage. Often, they instead end up spending three-fifths of their time on non-priority areas. People can even stop engaging in action because they tend to expect tardiness and over-thinking from such an overt consensus builder. So, an activity-based toolkit needs to be built for such situations.

Source:https://hbr.org/ideacast/2018/08/managing-someone-whos-too-collaborative?utm_medium=email&utm_source=newsletter_daily&utm_campaign=dailyalert_activesubs&utm_content=signinnudge&referral=00563&deliveryName=DM12562

Uploaded Date:27 August 2018

The typical command-and-control structures at companies are increasingly becoming redundant in the modern business. This is due to the fleet-footedness required in coping with constant business changes brought about by rapid tech iterations. So, while the senior leadership needs to continue running the company from the very top framing the corporate strategy, the ground-level execution must be left up to smaller and more independent teams. These teams must be provided with the authorityto carry out work at their level to spend up the process of execution. The leadership for a start, needs to use the power of such seemingly independent teams in significant areas. The best of performers need to be provided charge of these teams, as they will thrive under such autonomy. The resources must be allocated right at the beginning, but teams need to be held accountable as a result. An agile manager needs to be attached with such teams. These kind of team leaders will provide a path to success, but the individual processes will be mapped out by the team members themselves. Executives must at times even enter into these teams to have a feel of the real deal. The former must also commit to providing timely management training to the team members so that the latter may upgrade their skills.

Source:https://www.mckinsey.com/business-functions/organization/our-insights/unleashing-the-power-of-small-independent-teams

Uploaded Date:25 August 2018

Brainstorming sessions have historically been known to nudge any discussion towards the right direction, and to evolve a solution to any given problem. They are usually done in closed groups. Some ways have been identified to understand how such sessions may be used towards the best possible targets. First of all, the team organizing the brainstorm must know whom all to call, so must ensure these few invaluable employees attend. The venue for the sessions must feel like a safe place where business innovations may be discussed without any fear of their radical ideas being killed. Among these the practical ideas, and those that appear radical, need be voted for or against separately. Some time needs to be allotted where solo thinking or introspection may take place. Some of the session participants must be confident enough to openly commit their next steps towards fulfilling the ideas.

Source:https://www.bcg.com/publications/2018/five-ways-nudge-brainstorms-greatness.aspx?linkId=54815033&redir=true

Uploaded Date:25 August 2018

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