According to Harvard Business Review, one secret to teamwork is “optimally design[ing] tasks and processes.” Your team can’t collaborate effectively if there are no systems in place. Agreeing on the processes, big or small, keeps your team engaged and allows asynchronous collaboration.

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Reflect on how to see eye-to-eye with your team

Learning how to see eye-to-eye with your team is fundamental in developing and honing your leadership skills. Start by simply taking a moment to reflect.

Was a past project successful because of the result or your approach?

Exercises to help you see eye-to-eye with your team

Now, it's time to put your reflection into action. Finding opportunities to implement your leadership skills can allow you to see eye-to-eye with your team.

  • List 3 key learnings from the most recent cross-functional project. Ask a teammate on that project to do the same. Compare notes and come to a consensus on 3 takeaways.
  • Send your meeting notes to your team after each sync-up. Slack message or email notes of your specific duties and deliverables to ensure everyone’s on the same page.  
  • Ask your team how they would like to structure future huddles before wrapping up your kick-off meeting. Be direct and consider: “What’s on the agenda for the next check-in?”

Additional resources to help you see eye-to-eye with your team

The secrets of successful teamwork
At the Fast Company Innovation Festival, two experts shared their tips on turning complete strangers into an effective team
Council Post: Two Ways Companies And Individuals Can Better Practice Accountability
Accountability is underestimated. It’s positive. It pushes you. It unlocks potential. It leads to prosperity.
Checking In with Employees (Versus Checking Up)
Recently we wrote about how managing for innovation requires balancing four critical factors to produce a highly motivated and creative workforce. Perhaps the most difficult of those balancing acts is ensuring that employees have clear, meaningful goals as well as considerable autonomy (PDF) in meet…

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