Brilliant Teams

Emma De Vita reviews Douglas Miller's book on managing your colleagues properly

It might sound obvious, but one of the most difficult things about being a manager is managing your team, especially if you're a novice in the job and have inherited a bunch of people who think you're the devil incarnate.

Do not fear. Trainer Douglas Miller has written a book called Brilliant Teams that should inspire you.

As all the best business books say, you can't set about making your team brilliant without indulging in a little self-analysis first. So recline on the couch and think about how positive or negative your attitude is. Do you exude energy or suck it up like a black hole? Remember, how you feel affects everyone around you.

Next, set some ground rules for your team, such as 'honesty at all times', and be sure to encourage feedback. Make sure your team includes different types of people - you must have leaders, doers, thinkers and carers.

As team leader, you will need to give your colleagues clear instructions, impart your vision for the organisation, set the pace of work and be there for them when they need support.

Most importantly, be sure to have a plan B. As the cynics among you know, plan A rarely ever comes off.

- Emma De Vita is books editor of Management Today.

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