One must decide the right time and place for behaviours that develop others’ skills and talents vs. behaviours that simply get the job done. Much depends on the organizational system, culture and climate. The team members' ability to sense the best approach for a given situation is what’s needed.
2. Equal parts support and challenge
Teams and team members get the best results when they are encouraged and empowered to debate, dissent, co-create and co-celebrate. If everyone is politely obliging the other person, you are not part of a winning team. Actively test assumptions, hold one another to task, and disagree without fear or guilt of repercussions. Make it OK to play a little ugly on purpose.
3. A healthy and enriching objective
People love it when there is meaning in their work. Effective teams collaborate to create a game they can win that entails obstacles, challenges and great rewards. Find one star to shoot for and get everyone on board for the ride.
4. A revolving 90 day plan
On an effective team, everyone knows the game-plan, and they stick to it until someone comes up with a better plan that all can agree on. Everyone also has short memories. Effective teams know the destination, and chunk out the plan for getting there in 90 day intervals.