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Managing Teams by Harvard Business School Press

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Mentor’s Message: Why Effective Team Management Matters

One of your most crucial responsibilities as a manager is to inspire the best possible performance from your team. After all, being a manager is all about getting things done through others. But managing a team isn’t the same as managing individuals. It requires deliberate planning, mindful observation and analysis, and skillful coordination to get individuals to collaborate effectively and efficiently. There’s a host of obstacles that can cause even a highly skilled team to stumble. These obstacles range from lack of team identity, low participation, poor communication, and absence of creativity to “groupthink,” destructive conflict, and ineffective decision making. And though it may be ...

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