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Forming an Effective Team > Build Organizational Support

Build Organizational Support

When a team fails to operate at its full potential, team members and sponsors often cite interpersonal conflicts and tensions as the reasons. But more often than not the real causes of failure lie outside the team, in the system that fielded and is meant to support the team. While forming your team make special efforts to ensure that your organization supports the team with adequate resources, organizational sponsorship, careful recognition of team member responsibility (to the team and to the organization), authority, a means of providing feedback on performance, and a team-oriented reward system.

Anticipate and obtain team resources. One measure of an organization’s support for its teams is whether or not the team members have sufficient resources to accomplish their goals. Time to develop is one of the resources your team may require. It may also need physical space, support staff, equipment, a travel budget, and training opportunities, all of which add to the bottom line. Teams are costly, and teams that fail because organizations don’t give them the resources they need are extremely costly. Plan for getting your team the resources it needs using the Team Resources Worksheet on pages 16-17.


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