Contrary to popular belief, teams are not always the best way to get work done. Problems with coordination, competition, and motivation can undermine even the most well-designed and expertly-managed team. Here are three ways to give your team the best chance of success:
- Designate a naysayer. Groupthink is a dangerous byproduct of teamwork. Ask someone to play the role of devil’s advocate to be sure ideas get challenged.
- Avoid double digits. Teams should be as small as possible—never have a team of more than nine people.
- Keep the team together. Avoid swapping members out. Established teams work better than those whose composition frequently changes.