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
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
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
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
Leaders who want to make their team more effective often ask me for help with teambuilding, training in team skills or advice on restructuring.
My first question is always, “What do you want to accomplish? What will be different as a result?”
I ask that question because I want to make sure that what . . . → Read More: Are You a Team in Name Only? 3 Questions to Help You Find Out
I spent my 50th birthday at the most boring meeting of my life. At one point I had to pinch myself under the table to keep from falling asleep. I’ve attended a lot of meetings that are a waste of time – it’s part of my job. (I help teams improve their performance and . . . → Read More: No More Boring Meetings, Please!
“I’m really tired of all these articles and books telling us what to do to be great leaders. I already know and agree with what they’re saying. I should empower my people, take risks, have a vision, deliver results, be accountable, be service-driven, not ego-driven, etc. etc. etc. I have an MBA and I’ve . . . → Read More: Want To Be a Better Leader? Remove Your Self-Imposed Limitations.