Building and Supervising a Team
This content will describe the top three characteristics of an effective team. You’ll learn strategies for managing and communicating with your team, and how to cultivate positive relationships and environments. We will provide examples of an orientation checklist and frameworks for feedback which you can actively adapt to your style as a supervisor.
- Describe the top three characteristics of an effective team;
- Characterize effective strategies for communicating with your team and promoting positive relationships;
- Reflect on and practice strategies a supervisor could use to develop and manage an effective team.
Building a Team
Strategies for Recruiting, Welcoming, and Integrating New Members in Your Team
- Describe how you might include characteristics of being an effective team member into a person’s performance expectations for a position you are supervising. What might this look like?
- In reflecting on the types of teams you’ve been associated with and the type of team you may need in a future (or current) position, please describe one primary characteristic you’d look for in a team member and evidence that they have this characteristic (i.e., whether in their written materials and/or during an interview).
Download a sample candidate evaluation rubric
Aligning Expectations and Exploring Communication Styles
The Fresh Outdoors: Strategically Setting Expectations
- What are your observations about the conversation in “The Fresh Outdoors” video?
- What were the unilateral expectations?
- Which expectations could have been set jointly?
- How likely is the outcome influenced by the power differential?
Creating an Onboarding/Orientation Checklist
Activity: Create an Onboarding/Orientation Checklist
- Follow the instructions in this table to create your own onboarding/orientation checklist. What do you wish you would have known when starting a new position?
Having Productive Conversations
Interest-Based Approach for Collaboratively Setting Expectations
Giving and Receiving Feedback
Frameworks for Giving Feedback
When does feedback happy successfully for you?
Self-reflection on feedback:
- Giving feedback happens naturally when…
- Giving feedback is hard, but it still happens anyway when…
- I avoid giving feedback when…
Download a table of these questions to complete and keep.
Reading: The Feedback Fallacy by Marcus Buckingham and Ashley Goodall in Harvard Business Review.
Putting it All Together
Practice Setting Expectations
Activity: Rewind the Tape
- Using the instructions and table provided, think about a conversation with your supervisor that resulted in a conflictual outcome. How would you have approached the situation if you were the supervisor?