Build the Right Team Behaviors

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Even though most management systems focus on individual performance, it’s critical to reward and recognize your team collectively.

As a team manager, support the right group behaviors by:

Encouraging collaboration.
Talk about your people as a team, not as a set of individuals. Instead of talking about individuals’ contributions, praise the common behaviors that contribute to the team’s overall success.

Evaluating team performance. 

Every six months or so, take a close look at the group’s progress. Don’t mention individuals in this appraisal but focus on what the team has done—and can do—together.

Using rewards.
If you are able, tie a portion of your organization’s discretionary compensation to team performance. If you don’t control the purse strings, try recognizing your team’s hard work in a public way—through a departmental email or even displaying their picture in a common space—or giving them exposure to senior leaders.

Adapted from “How to Reward…

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