Don’t let teamwork get in the way of agility

Don’t let teamwork get in the way of agility

Elaine Pulakos and Robert B. (Rob) Kaiser

Not all teamwork is created equal. Teamwork that is actually productive – and a good use of everyone’s time – is actually hard to achieve. Now, with most teams working remotely, leaders are rethinking the role of collaboration and how it helps or hinders agile teams. The authors of this article, Elaine Pulakos and Robert B. (Rob) Kaiser, explain the concept of “rightsizing” teamwork to make it more effective: “Rightsizing teamwork is an exercise in simplicity. To solve problems and overcome business challenges, leaders need to strike a balance between engaging those whose contribution is vital and boldly cutting out the people and processes that bog work down,” they write. In this article, they provide structured steps for defining the best teamwork strategy for any given project or initiative. 

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