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Management Tip of the Day: Get your team to collaborate

Sep 15, 2011, 10:21 a.m.

BOSTON (Reuters) - Most teams underperform, especially on complex initiatives, but there are strategies that can help you beat the odds, says Harvard Business Review.

The Management Tip of the Day offers quick, practical management tips and ideas from Harvard Business Review and HBR.org (http://www.hbr.org). Any opinions expressed are not endorsed by Reuters.

"Executing on major initiatives requires teams that are large, diverse, and virtual. Yet, as team size grows and the group disperses, team performance diminishes.

You can build collaboration within complex teams in three ways:

1. Train employees in the right skills. Most people don't collaborate by nature. They need the right skills: appreciating others, engaging in purposeful conversations, and productively solving conflicts.

2. Help employees get to know each other. People who know each other socially are more likely to collaborate. Invest time in networking and social events to build a sense of community.

3. Model collaborative behavior. Employees emulate what they see at the top. Leaders should visibly work together and even fill in for each other on occasion."

- Today's management tip was adapted from "Harvard Business Review on Building Better Teams."

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