The teamwork checklist

As you work to build a team, keep these points in mind:

  • Make teamwork an active practice and a reality in your department. Don’t pay lip service to it.
  • Use teams to create action and to share the authority—not to spread the blame.
  • Create working committees geared to results, but be careful to avoid the common problem of the committee: the inability to act.
  • Always give authority with responsibility. Let your employees take ownership in their jobs.
  • Remain available as a guide and a trainer, while allowing employees the room to apply their own creativity to getting the job done. Don’t allow “upward delegation” to destroy your efforts to create a true team.