Today, more than ever, a strong multi-disciplinary team is essential in order to capitalize on the many different kinds of opportunities that there are to provide real property appraisal and related consulting services. Teams can be built using existing in-house resources, by developing the talent of employees, and by building alliances with other professionals. A strong team is one that has a clear understanding of corporate objectives and trust in the collective strength that working together brings. Organizations that are team-focused make available a wide range of resources to help team members improve and expand their skill sets. A good mentor program should be based on honest discussion between the mentor and the mentee, in which constructive criticism is encouraged on both sides. An important facet of team building is the development of external partnerships that form part of the extended team.
CEO RePoRT Building a winning team Georges Lozano, MPA AIC Chief Executive Officer T he strength of an organization is derived not only from the individual skills and knowledge of its employees, but also from how well they work together as a team. Today, more than ever, a strong multi- disciplinary team is essential in order to capitalize encouraging input from all team members, and adopting a continuous learning philosophy that rewards the achievement of new skills and com- petencies. Information sharing can take many forms, including the development of accessible data management systems that make it easy for in the execution of the work. The important thing is that all members of the team are involved in a continuous improvement cycle and everyone comes out stronger in the end. Continuous learning is achieved in a variety of ways. Organizations that are team-focused make on the many different kinds of opportunities that team members to learn from the experience of available a wide range of resources to help team there are to provide real property appraisal and others, and to stay abreast of new and emerging members improve and expand their skill sets. related consulting services. practices and technologies in their area of exper- In-house training is one way to ensure that team These range from complex residential and tise. Electronic forums, chat rooms and other members are uniformly qualified and abreast of ICI appraisal assignments that originate within social media tools are now available to allow for the methods, approaches, and techniques used by the private sector to a myriad of real property the exchange of information on a professional the organization. The team-focused organization consulting contracts tendered by private, and and technical basis. This is particularly helpful invests in its team members by supporting exter- public sector organizations including portfolio when team members are not located in the same nal training as well. This might involve bringing in analysis, highest and best use studies, and the premise. Inclusivity is an important element of pertinent experts to address the team and provide emerging area of valuation for financial reporting, all winning teams. No one gets left out. Post- them with new insights. It also includes providing to name but three. mortems and debriefing sessions are very helpful financial support and other incentives to encourage Teams can be built using existing in-house in reviewing ongoing work completed projects team members to enroll in educational programs resources, by developing the talent of your employ- and addressing both successes and shortcomings to enhance their competence and qualifications. ees, and by building alliances with other profes- sionals. Strong winning teams can be built through a combination of all of these approaches. In order to do so, organizations should begin by embracing a team spirit and fostering a culture that will lead to the development of teamwork on a daily basis. A strong team is one that has a clear understanding of corporate objectives and trust in the collective strength that working together brings. Multi-disc
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