BRAIN FOOD: It just might work - Coddle the team

BRAIN FOOD: It just might work - Coddle the team - Managers commonly complain that their team fails to collaborate as a true band of brothers and sisters. There's one simple motivational reason: the teamsters are rewarded as individuals, not teams. You wo

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Last Updated: 09 Oct 2013

Managers commonly complain that their team fails to collaborate as a true band of brothers and sisters. There's one simple motivational reason: the teamsters are rewarded as individuals, not teams. You won't overcome this difficulty just by end-of-project bonuses for a team task well done.

Organisational psychologist Dr Judith Mower advises rewarding team members throughout the project's life. So coddle the team at the start, at team meetings, for passing milestones, for overcoming crises or problems and, especially, three-quarters of the way through. That's when people get most disgruntled with the project - and management. But what reward? Try money. Or better still, says Mower, is informal reward invented by the team itself: say, lunch every Friday. Not only cheap, but effective...

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