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Team Roles Help Team Focus

What are team roles?

The Team Doc Says…

Team roles are positions within the team which require specific action to fulfill the team mission requirements. These are different from work roles. Some common areas where team roles typically come into play are:

Meetings
Common roles are recorder, gatekeeper, member, facilitator, scribe, timekeeper, librarian.

Administration
Common roles are scheduler, reporter.

Training
A common role is coordinator.

Technical
Common roles are primary, secondary, shadow, mentor.

Communication
Common roles are coordinator, liaison.

Focal Point
A common role is team leader.

In each of these areas, you could have one team member who performs several roles or a role for each team member. They are primarily used to make sure that the team maintains necessary focus on important team issues. It truly is up to the team, their mission and dynamics when it comes to deciding what roles are necessary.

Best regards,

Denise O'Berry
aka ‘Team Doc'

About Denise O'Berry

Denise O'Berry is President of The Small Business Edge Corp, a small business consulting firm. A small business owner since 1996, Denise understands the challenges facing small business. She's lived them herself and helped hundreds of clients work through the frustrations, fears, and joys of owning a small business. Denise is the author of Small Business Cash Flow: Strategies for Making Your Business a Financial Success, a practical guide about keeping the cash in your business - where it belongs. Find more resources and tips at deniseoberry.com and askteamdoc.com