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How managers can set their team up for success

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Managing People Overview

Team management is where a manager or leader learns how to balance the many different working styles and personalities that appear on a team. A manager can learn how to manage a team from the advice or guidance of their manager, but the key is to treat every team member differently based on their working style, how they best take feedback, and, of course, their contributions to the team -- both in terms of their job and in terms of how they fit within a team.

A manager should be encouraging constant communication across the department, facilitating feedback conversations between coworkers, and checking in regularly with the team’s progress on project. In conjunction with these team management skills, a manager can keep track of all these things in one place using team management tools such as a performance management system. In a performance management system, teams can give each other feedback, which encourages trust and honesty on the team; they can give each other praise, which in turn engenders goodwill within the team; they can check what other team members, promoting strong communication on the team; and they can see how other team members are progressing on their goals, which will help them understand how their goals are interconnected.

Team management is also useful on a macro scale -- across a company. It’s the people team’s job to encourage all the above actions across departments at a company. After all, a strong company culture is often defined by transparency, strong communication, and honest feedback cycles.