Are "Teams" a meaningful unit? LO13516

Jay Spitulnik (
Wed, 7 May 1997 07:18:21 -0400

Replying to LO13486 --

Rol says

> All the models I am familiar with require upper management approval to
>spend money if the expense exceeds a certain limit. This is a matter of
>allocating scarce resources. The team has no way to evaluate what
>resources are available if they have no budget responsibility. I recognize
>that exercising this function is often perceived as squelching, but
>allocating scarce resources is what upper management get, paid to do.

This is an important starting point for any team. In the work I do with
teams, I have the management sponsor introduce any budgetary limitations
at the beginning of the initiative.

It is unfair to the team to let their creative juices flow thinking there
are no limits. If they know any boundaries before they start, including
financial, they won't be disappointed in the end.

Jay Spitulnik
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Woburn, MA 01801
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