According to the Harvard Business Review, a few key essentials can give a project team a fighting chance for success.

What makes a project team work well and succeed can seem like a mystery but a project team with the following defining characteristics can be guaranteed with better chances for success:

A COMMON PURPOSE. Teams form as a result of an outside mandate. To work together effectively, the teams’ members need to rally around a meaningful purpose each member has embraced as his/her own.

COMPLEMENTARY SKILLS AND PERSPECTIVES. It’s detrimental for everyone on a team to have the same skills and perspective. When members have varying technical and functional expertise and bring different approaches to problem-solving and decision-making make for a more successful team.

MUTUAL ACCOUNTABILITY. The process of agreeing on a goal together will forge trust and build the team’s accountability to one another. One cannot coerce commitment.


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