Building a self managing team:  You have all heard the advice ‘surround yourself with the best people’. But where do you find these people? If you have hired on attitude, then that’s a great start so you probably have the right people already – but they may need some development, guidance and leadership to take the next step. The aim is to enable them to self manage and grow but where do you start?

There are a number of ways to do this:

Communication

Have the team meet frequently to plan and carry out their work. You can use these face to face occasions to provide leadership and direction. This will also minimise the reliance on email messages. Also have periodic all-hands meetings at which you bring together all the team members. Company wide communication can happen here. At PJT we have a number of points for communication which includes team huddles, morning tea work in progress priorities, weekly team meetings and quarterly innovation days to work on specific areas of the business or projects.

Management by Walking Around

This is an effective form of informal communication. By entering people’s work areas for a few minutes of social chat, helps you to gain a better knowledge of your team members, their priorities and team members may be more likely to open up in a less formal setting.

Training

Set regular training to educate your team. State your expectations about training and helping each other find the resources that they need to do their jobs and improve.

Step by Step expansion of team responsibilities

If you are growing your team, it is unrealistic to expect the team to take on all the new responsibilities straight away. The team needs time to absorb and learn what is expected of them. Slowly grow the responsibilities by:

  • Communicating the results you expect
  • Define deadlines and what authority they have
  • Provide training
  • Setup points to check in and review how they are going
  • Review results
  • Set new goals

Delegate work to others

Effective delegation is the best way to grow your team as it is the most effective on the job training available. If you find delegation a challenge read my article.

By starting with the above strategies, you’re on the right path to developing a high performing and independent team, and avoid the micro-managing. This will free up your time and allow the team members to get on with the job.

If you’re struggling with managing your team and would like help, reach out to your trusted advisor at PJT for a confidential chat.