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Launching a Successful Team

Launching a Successful Team

The crucial business of a team launch is to become a team - to bring a group of disparate and formerly disconnected people with their varied skills and experience and styles to bear on a challenge. The actions you take as team leader before, during, and after the first team meeting - the time of the team’s launch - will help your team achieve that first important step. Team members will learn why they have come together to make a team, get to know each other, begin to trust each other, and learn to work together outside of and across from their usual channels and boundaries. They will set up the terms of how they will interact with one another to achieve their shared purpose. Throughout this process you will lead your team in setting its purpose and direction, defining team member roles and responsibilities, settling on procedures, and building relationships.

When it comes to launching your team you may find that getting all the members together in one place poses a significant challenge. Many teams today are likely to be geographically dispersed, separated by time and distance. In preparing your team for launch, pay careful attention to the logistical challenge of getting your team together for its first meeting and, further, to coordinating additional meetings (especially if your team will be working together for six months or longer).


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