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Aligning Individual Strengths With Team Goals

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  • 0:01 Team Projects
  • 0:48 Why Strengths Matter
  • 1:39 Team Selection Process
  • 4:33 Preexisting Teams
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Instructor: Sherri Hartzell

Sherri has taught college business and communication courses. She also holds three degrees including communications, business, educational leadership/technology.

The most successful teams are made of people who are able to use their strengths to contribute towards project goals. This lesson will discuss the benefits of this method as well as how to do it.

Team Projects

It's 6 a.m. on a Monday morning, and your boss walks in to your office to hand you a new project aimed at increasing sales over the next quarter. He gives you little direction besides to simply 'get it done.' Fortunately for you, this is not your first time as a project manager, and you have many successful projects under your belt to help soothe the initial anxiety. From these past experiences, you understand the importance of choosing the right team members to help you accomplish your project goals. There are many things for a team leader to consider when assembling a project team. Those most interested in maximizing efficiency and reaching a successful project outcome should focus on selecting individuals for their unique talents, strengths, and skills that align directly with the project goals.

Why Strengths Matter

It's no coincidence that the teams who are comprised of individuals who are working in their area of strength produce extraordinary results. Strengths are preexisting skills, knowledge, and patterns of thinking that lead to one's best performance. When team leaders align individual strengths with team goals, they create a unique opportunity to maximize the potential of those individuals, the team and the organization. Team members recognize the value they bring to the group and can fully engage in the project because they see the potential for growth. Work is completed efficiently and in a timely manner because team members are capable enough to complete work with little guidance or intervention. The list of benefits goes on and on when it comes to aligning individual strengths to team goals. So, how does one make this happen? Is there a magical formula for choosing the right people for the job?

Team Selection Process

Of course, it's silly to think that there is a magic formula for anything in business these days or even some standard way to align individual strengths to team goals. Individuals are just that, individual and unique in their own right. Determining which individuals will be best for your project does take a bit of work, but it is a task worth undertaking. The following six steps can help guide you during your team selection process as you work to align team member strengths to project goals.

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