Thursday, April 19, 2007

What are the major challenges in building a balanced senior management team?

Q. How do you overcome these challenges? How do you assess potential team members? What is most important in the process? What is over-rated? How do you improve the chances of making the right decisions about new team members?

A. The reason for a team is so that these people can, together, accomplish more than they might individually. The challenge is just that. To make 1+1 something greater than 2.

• How do you overcome (address) these challenges?
A collaborative team will tend to balance itself according to the needs of the situation. Above all, that means its leader must be a successful collaborator.

• How do you assess potential team members?
Along the same lines, look for evidence of success through collaboration in each of their areas of specialization.

• What is most important in the process?
Self-management, respect for others, self-organization, ethics.

• What is over-rated?
Other-management - imposed structures.

• How do you improve the chances of making the right decisions about new team members?
During multiple cycles of interaction in a variety of combinations and contexts, let your team (actual or intended) select new members.