May 4, 2008

Paine Management Redux

Lead, follow, or get out of the way. - Thomas Paine

As a follow-up to my previous post I'd like to pose a better team building thought. Instead of management asking:

"How do you handle being on a team with members who aren't as
up to speed or as skilled as you are?"

I say a team should be driven with this question, and it should be addressed and accepted and enforced with ALL team members:

"If you are found to be the least skilled on the team or you are not
as up to speed as the rest of the team what will you do about it?"

The team will constantly look within itself and address the weaknesses and if individuals are open to being honest and responsible for their skills then the team as a whole can better take care of each other. I understand though that this is a perfect world situation.

Until next time


Jason said...

At some point you may still need management support if the team will need to remove someone from the team. However, I agree with you... teams to be having that honest discussion so that everyone knows what's expected of them.

Les said...

100% agree with you, but I wasn't clear enough.. in my bubble management was actually "part of the team" (I know, that's a long shot)