There is an anonymous saying that “Teamwork divides the task and doubles the success,” and we see evidence in this in nearly every endeavor – be it a DYI renovation; a film or stage production; or the roll-out of a new product from a multinational corporation. That said, there are different types of teams, each with its own purpose and value, and with estate management software to enhance team productivity, it’s important to understand the distinctions.
Management Team: This one is obvious – it’s the group that heads the organization, first by creating the mission/ vision, then ensuring by example that it is adhered to. They are typically not – at least in a healthy organization – meant to micromanage the minutiae. Instead, an effective management team must have the ability to build processes, recruit and retain skilled individuals, and trust that they will carry out the tasks needed to meet goals.
Working Teams: Like the management team, these types of teams are present at every company, as various departments with clear, defined structures and protocols. In other words, they keep the place running, ensure employees are paid, regulations adhered to, products sold, and so on. Because of this, however, they may not always have the bandwidth for special initiatives that keep the organization growing; they also may have tunnel vision with regard to their roles, with little knowledge of what other teams are doing.
Multifunctional Teams: While these teams are not needed in every organization, they can be both invaluable and, for their members, exciting – drawing people from a wide range of background and skills to pull off the next great project. To do so, however, they must be able to rely on management and working teams to provide structure and support, leaving them free to create without worrying about keeping the lights on.
Special Purpose Teams: As the name suggests, these teams come together for a specific reason, such as a project or strategic plan. They are similar to multi-factual teams, however, while those teams, with their diverse viewpoints and skills, may become a permanent part of the organizational structure, special purpose teams don’t last past the project for which they were created. While they are in existence, however, it’s critical that they keep the rest of the organization abreast of whatever they’re working on so the entire organization is aware of milestones and can do their own jobs accordingly. For example, if a Special Purpose Team is tasked with mapping out a new service, the sales or customer service department needs to know about it so they can share it with customers.
Self-directed Team: More free-spirited in nature, these teams are rare in companies because they lack defined leadership. Though the egalitarianism is enviable, the reality is that it is difficult to move forward with anything when that is dependent upon reaching a consensus. To do this, everyone must be willing to check their egos at the door (not always an easy feat), and surrender to the collaboration. Whatever types of team(s) you create for your project or organization, using the right estate management software to enhance team productivity will enhance their skills, both as individuals and collectively. While any technology is better than a collection of sticky notes, a singular platform takes performance to the next level by allowing every member to upload, update, and share documents, thus making it easy to keep track of important details while keep on eye on the broader goals.