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SMU-X Survival Toolkit: Team Management

This guide provides useful information and links to resources on SMU-X.

At A Glance

Team Management

Working in teams is challenging - group members can find that they are not working effectively at times, which might negatively impact on the group's progress and their ability to succeed. The following resources provide some insights on how to manage team dynamics effectively. 


This report featuring expert Alex Adamopoulos, CEO of the global professional services consultancy, Emergn, offers advice and best practices that will help team members and leaders cope with the upside and downside of working on distributed virtual teams. Listen to how Steve Jobs explains his style in managing his people at Apple. Apple is a very collaborative company and isn't organized like a startup. Apple achieves great teamwork in all areas of the company and relies on trust, not hierarchy.


This video mentions how management teams are able to have a good discourse that challenges one another’s thinking. It helps develop a more complete understanding of their choices, create a richer range of options, and make better decisions.

Many of us work in busy, high-pressure environments. But, when workloads aren't managed well, and the pressure builds, people can become demoralized, disengaged and resentful. Here are are tips on how you can avoid team overload

  • How to Manage a Team
    Learn how to manage a team successfully with Jennifer, PMP. She suggests breaking down the process into three simple steps that will also get the most out of your team.
  • 9 Must-Have Leadership Skills
    Find out the 9 leadership skills for a successful cross-functional 
    team, as it provides many benefits and is a powerful and effective solution for an array of workplace obstacles.

This section lists some recommended readings.

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