Managing Teams Obligations and Opportunities

It’s time to be excited for the opportunity you have to teach, innovate, build responsibility, grow, and connect with your team.

You’ve got your obligations and opportunities, but how do these two compare, and how do you effectively use them?

Obligations are those day-to-day tasks. When hearing “obligation,” you tend to cringe and think of a requirement to do certain tasks; there’s no need for you to have a negative context wrapped around that word. It’s what you do to help your team get the job done right, succeed at their duties, and build the foundation of the company that keeps business flowing. Below is a list of manager obligations that will help you get a better picture:

  • Carry out company’s mission
  • Resolve employee concerns
  • Evaluate employee performance
  • Assign work projects and tasks
  • Monitor employee and organization’s progress

Opportunities present themselves unexpectedly among the individuals on your team. There may be untapped potential and useful skills that your employees could bring to the table. As a manager, keep an eye out for ways to use these potentials skills on your team—not only could your employees bring fresh ideas, but recognizing and using their talents could open doors for trust, enhance company culture, and increase employee engagement. You never know who will surprise you with future managerial/leadership skills, either. Here’s a list of opportunities to put on your list:

  • Nurture potential skills and talent
  • Build and shape your team’s goals
  • Create and provide an outstanding company culture
  • Use the diverse skills each team member
  • Motivate employees
  • Cross training employees for future positions

Fulfilling certain obligations gives your team members the structure they need, but giving them opportunities opens new avenues for career and personal growth.


Denis Coleman

Denis Coleman is the founder and CEO of Work Compass, a cloud staff performance collaboration software platform that helps teams align their efforts with strategic goals and continuously improve performance. Frustrated with the disconnect between strategy setting and day to day execution and the lack of tools available to managers to help them be great at their most important function …. Aligning their teams activities with strategic goals and actively managing for high performance Denis spent over 5 years researching strategy execution and performance management practices before founding Work Compass to create a software solution. Denis has held senior roles in Ireland, Czech Republic and North America with high performing electronics manufacturing and professional services organisations for more than 12 years. Denis has worked as Finance Director responsible for €800 million in annual revenues for Flextronics International, Key Account Manager responsible for annual revenues of more than €600 million for Dovatron International and Management Consultant for BDO one of Europe’s most successful professional services providers.

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