Recognizing When a Team Isn't the Best Approach

Although teams are often the best way to tackle a business problem, there are certain functions or challenges that may not benefit from a team approach. Sometimes this is obvious, but not always. Part of your challenge is recognizing when a project team is the best way to proceed for your small business.

Keep an open mind as you analyze which functions or project phases lend themselves to a team effort and which are better handled by individuals. For example, a new information systems implementation might require the full attention of an IT manager with legal support staff brought together for input only at certain decision points. Sometimes it's helpful to elicit employees' suggestions about which tasks are best handled with a team approach.