When a workgroup is really a "team," its members are neither independent nor interchangeable, but interdependent. Each member has a role to play that contributes to the overall performance of the team. And one of the most challenging aspects ofis figuring out what those roles are and should be.
Here are some questions to ask yourself and your team members:
What do you do, and why? Take an honest look at the tasks and responsibilities you perform every day. Are they part of your job description? Of someone else's job description? Or of nobody's job description? If they're not part of your "official" duties, then why are you doing them? Because of your skill at these tasks? Because you have the time and others don't? Because you think they're important and you've taken the initiative? Or because you're expected to, for whatever reason? And, of course, you should ask: Are these tasks essential in the first place?...(register to read more)