In my last post we looked at the need for speed in project communication, in order to deliver on schedule. Today we will take a quick look at the importance of defining clear responsibilities. But before you deem this as something that is something you already know, make sure to read carefully to pick up on a few critical subtleties to make sure you get the best results possible.
Tip 3 – Define Clear Responsibilities
Make sure team members know what they are responsible for.
If you want to maximize your team, make sure everyone on the team is clear on what their responsibilities are. Most people will work much more efficiently when they are clear on their responsibilities and feel empowered to take action.
Avoid the “I did my part” syndrome.
Our objective here is to complete the project on-time. It’s important for everyone on the team to understand their responsibility. In addition, it is equally important that everyone understands that everyone has to get their part of the project done for the team to win.
Build a team culture of making sure everyone is successful in delivering their part.
For a project team (or any team) to work effectively, each team member needs to focus on getting their job done, but also be ready and willing to assist other team members when needed. Do whatever it takes to make sure everyone wins.
“The way a team plays as a whole determines its success. You may have the greatest bunch of individual stars in the world, but if they don’t play together, the club won’t be worth a dime.” -Babe Ruth
Continue on to Delivering Projects on Schedule – Part 4, which will be the second most controversial post of this series.