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Chapter 1. What's So New About Teams? > Team Leaders: Rethink Your Roles - Pg. 6

What's So New About Teams? 6 times called task forces or project groups. Members may all come from the same department or may be chosen from several departments in the organization. They may be detached from their usual work for the duration of the project, or they may continue their regular work and function as a special purpose team on a time limit to complete the assignment. · Multifunctional teams:Teams that are drawn from several different disciplines. They may func- tion on a permanent or temporary basis. How these teams operate is discussed in Chapter 25. · Self-directed teams:Teams that do not have a permanent team leader. All members share leadership. Self-directed teams have often been compared to jazz combos or string quartets, musical groups that perform without a conductor. How these teams operate is discussed in Chapter 24. · Management teams:Teams that make management decisions. In some companies, the job of the president has been replaced by a management team, sometimes called "the office of the president." In others, the chief executive officer (CEO) uses a management team to act as a "cabinet" that discusses and reaches consensus on major decisions. Team Leaders: Rethink Your Roles If your philosophy of managing people is: "Do it my way or you're on the highway," you'd better prepare to make an about-face. The team leader does not function like that old-school tyrant. He or she is a facilitator who develops and coordinates an intelligent, motivated team to get things done. The emphasis is on developing the skills and coordinating the efforts of a team of intelligent, moti- vated associates. Team Terms Top management teams are sometimes referred to as C-Teams because they are composed of the CEO (chief executive officer), COO (chief operating officer), CFO (chief financial officer), CIO (chief information officer), CMO (chief marketing officer), and others whose acronymic titles begin with C . Don't Boss--Lead You have to stop thinking like a "boss." Bosses make decisions and give orders. Team leaders coordinate groups of thinking adults who together face and work out the problems that face them. Successful team leaders provide a climate in which their team members are encouraged to make their own analyses of problems, suggest solutions, and participate in decisions. Let's look at some of the ways team leaders do this: · They make sure the team members know the company's and the team's vision and mission and keep them focused on achieving them. · They're expert communicators. They recognize that communication is a two-way street. It is important for them to convey their instructions and concepts to team members, but it is equally important for them to open their ears to the ideas and suggestions of team members.