Teams: Limit management team to executive purposes
A management team should be used for specific purposes at the executive level, including:
- Problem-solving for major challenges and crises that face the organization;
- After Action Reviews (AAR) for overall organizational performance;
- Development of the strategic business plan;
- Review of organization performance and financials; and
- Implementing and communicating organizational change.
Avoid mission creep for the management team into other areas. The members of the management team are the top people in the organization and have many responsibilities, are very busy and others need their time. Use their time strategically for the most important purposes where the management team can make the most difference.
 Related Best Practices
- Wikipedia article on Wikipedia:High-performance teams
- Wikibooks on Wikibooks: Managing Groups and Teams/How Do You Build High-performing Virtual Teams?
- "The 6 Benchmarks of High Performance Teams" by Jesse Stoner is based on research of 500 employers that developed an assessment of visionary leadership behaviors and good management practices and the performance of their team.
- KSL Training in the UK offers a free downloadable PDF copy of their guide (copyright protected) on building high performance teams as well a basic description on their website.
- Teampedia has a team building tools, icebreakers and activities list and a global directory of Team Building Companies on their website.
The author of this page is Terry Gardiner
Terry Gardiner is the founder and President of Silver Lining Seafoods and NorQuest Seafoods - a medium size Alaska seafood processing companies; and currently Board member of the Anvil Corporation, an employee owned company specializing in oil and gas engineering.
His co-operative experiences include member director of the Commercial Fishermen Co-operative association; creation of legislation for the Alaska Commercial Fishing and Agriculture Bank; and advisor to the US Dept of Health and Social Services for the state Health CO-OPs.
Terry served ten years as a member of the Alaska House of Representatives -several legislative committee chairmanships, Speaker of the House, Chairman of the Alaska Criminal Code Commission and board member on various state and federal boards and commissions.
Terry authored the leadership book, "Six-Word Lessons to Build Effective Leaders: 100 Lessons to Equip Your People to Create Winning Organizations".