In 1996, 51% of US employees were reported to be members of team. By 2006, it had increased to 84%. As our world becomes more complex, the need for teams will continue to grow. Understanding the characteristics of effective teams gives you a target to shoot for and better prepares you to support your team’s . . . → Read More: The 6 Benchmarks of High Performance Teams
Often the words collaboration, coordination, and cooperation are used to describe effective teamwork. But they are not the same, and when we use these words interchangeably, we dilute their meaning and diminish the potential for creating powerful, collaborative environments.
Collaboration has been a big word in the news lately, most recently due to Marissa Mayer’s . . . → Read More: Let’s Stop Confusing Cooperation and Teamwork with Collaboration
As a team member, you share responsibility for the success of your team.
If your team meetings are boring or wasting your time, explain the problem from your point of view. Then do a reality test. Do others feel the same way? If they do, there is a team issue, and by putting . . . → Read More: 6 Self-Serving Behaviors That Will Torpedo Your Team
“It was so much easier this year to set our team goals, now that we have a shared vision,” Chris remarked, reflecting on the visioning process they had recently completed. “We are way ahead of the curve this year!”
Was he right? Maybe …. It depends on whether his team’s systems and practices . . . → Read More: How to Keep Your Team Goals on Track
These questions and guidelines will help you surface the right values for your team. Team values don’t need to be exactly the same as your company values, as long as they are aligned and don’t conflict.
What values are needed to fulfill your team’s purpose?
Values drive purpose. First identify your team’s purpose. . . . → Read More: How to Surface and Align Team Values
Chris, the leader of the planning committee for the next District Managers Meeting, sent an email to the company’s leadership team describing two possible venues. Emails flew around as people weighed in. Someone wrote that it looked like the decision was in favor of the first venue. More emails then flew around expressing concern . . . → Read More: The Five Steps of CRISP Decision-Making
The window shade company was struggling. Mary, a business consultant, asked the owner, “What business are you really in?”
The owner replied, condescendingly, “The window shade business, Mary.” Thinking to himself this conversation was a waste of time.
But undaunted, Mary asked again, “When someone walks into your store, why do they want a . . . → Read More: How to Identify Your Team or Organization’s Purpose
Can everyone in your organization explain each of the values and how they personally act on them? They can at companies like Disney, Starbucks, Southwest, McDonalds and Google – all listed in the top 15 of the 2012 most admired companies. . . . → Read More: Without Clear Values, You Are Probably Losing Business
The president of the company created a multi-disciplinary task force to research what would be required of leaders in the company to be successful in the next decade. We were all pleased to be selected to be on the team. We thought it was a worthwhile project, liked and respected each other, and looked . . . → Read More: Death by Team Drift: The Slow Demise of a High Performing Team
When was the last time you were with a group of people that needed to make a decision, where people tossed out ideas and at least one suggestion was totally ignored? If you’re like most of us, it was probably within the last few weeks, whether in a business meeting or a social setting.
. . . → Read More: How to Avoid Team Decisions That Plop