Positive Teams Are More Productive All managers would like their teams to be more productive. Yet most companies are using the same old methods: strategic plans, goal-setting, streamlining operations, reducing inefficiency. Others are offering employee perks, such as on-site food, daycare, or gyms. Others are offering bigger bonuses or flexible schedules. Kim Cameron and his colleagues at the University of Michigan, however, have discovered a way to improve performance that has nothing to do with dishing out benefits or deploying new processes. Positive and virtuous practices include: Caring for, being interested in, and maintaining responsibility for colleagues as friends. Cameron and his colleagues explain that there are three reasons these practices benefit the company. Increase positive emotions which broaden employees’ resources and abilities by improving people’s relationships with each other and amplifying their creativity and ability to think creatively. There are bottom-line benefits as well.
High-Energy Teams - Team Management Systems (TMS) worldwide [Español Latinoamericano] High-Energy Teams occur when eight fundamental strategic issues are addressed: Who are we? Where are we now? Where are we going? To create a High-Energy Team, team members need to establish ways of addressing the issues associated with these questions. High-Energy Teams Model Who are we? Each person brings different strengths to a team and will approach problems and opportunities in a different way. Where are we now? Before planning where you are heading as a team, it is useful to look at team balance, whether team members are likely to be risk averse or risk accepting, and whether conflicting values are likely to arise. Where are we going? To work with energy, commitment and enthusiasm, a team needs to know where it is going. How will we get there? To turn a vision into reality, it is necessary to systematically set objectives, action-plans and measures of performance. What is expected of us? What support do we need? How effective are we? What recognition do we get?
Why Teamwork is Overrated Does teamwork always enhance the performance of organisations? It might seem like a question that’s too obvious to ask. Practically every job description ever written demands ‘a good team player’. Teams of all kinds pop up everywhere in organisations and the assumption is that they enhance organisational performance. In fact the evidence for the supposedly stupendous power of teams is pretty weak. Far from finding a huge boost to performance from teamwork, the studies are neutral or only show small benefits (Allen & Hecht, 2004). High performing groups are not normal, instead groups often have huge variations in ability from top to bottom.People in groups often waste time squabbling over goals.Groups frequently suffer downward performance spirals. The message from the research is clear: the benefits of teamwork are nowhere near as clear as the fashion would suggest. Obviously sometimes people do work together much better in teams. But many, many jobs don’t have these characteristics.
The Key Habit Of Highly Effective Teams In Silicon Valley, where I work, teams are obsessed with crossing the divide between having great dreams and actually achieving them. It’s the difference between world-shaking impact and dreaded obscurity. I’ve personally been on teams that have experienced both, and I’ve observed many more in action. Teams armed with clarity know exactly what they’re doing, why they’re doing it, and who’s responsible. Technology can help teams achieve this clarity. Here are some simple ways to achieve this. Clarity Of Purpose Do you know what you’re trying to achieve? "I made a lot of money" doesn’t count. Once your purpose is more defined, your job as a leader is to relentlessly ground your team in it. Not long ago, a developer on my team fell into a funk, leading him to wonder what he was doing with his career. Clarity Of Plan The only thing more frustrating than having no purpose is having an exciting and meaningful purpose that nobody on your team knows how to achieve. Clarity Of Responsibility
Team Building Activities. Activities To Improve Emotional Intelligence Together Team Building Activities For Emotional Intelligence The purpose of these team building activities is to grow the emotional intelligence of a team together. If you want to read more about Emotional Intelligence, you can follow this link. And if you want exercises that are related to other topics than EQ, follow this link. Here is an article on how to use these exercises effectively And if you know any tools or exercises with regards to EQ, Please share it with us at the bottom of this page. Here is the exercises: Trust: "If you knew this about me..." Sometimes also called "The Six Minute Exercise". Read more here... Problem Solving: The Box Exercise Also called "Talking behind my back". It is very useful to brake down silos within a team. Read more here... Listening: Reflective listening AKA "Listening to Understand". Read more here... Becoming Solutions Focused: Turning Complaints into Requests This activity, when it becomes a habit, has the ability to combat office politics. Read more...
isites.harvard.edu/fs/html/icb.topic58474/wigintro.html Derek Bok Center for Teaching and Learning, Harvard University | ONLINE DOCUMENT A Note to Faculty and a Quick Guide for Students Ellen Sarkisian, Derek Bok Center Many students have had little experience working in groups in an academic setting. Contents Getting Started is an overview that can be used alone (or together material from the Note to Faculty below on the reasons and benefits of group work). A Note to Faculty Some reasons to ask students to work in groups Asking students to work in small groups allows students to learn interactively. Some benefits of working in groups (even for short periods of time in class) Students who have difficulty talking in class may speak in a small group.More students, overall, have a chance to participate in class.Talking in groups can help overcome the anonymity and passivity of a large class or a class meeting in a poorly designed room.Students who expect to participate actively prepare better for class. Large projects over a period of time References
Three Qualities Every Leader Needs to Succeed on a Team - Peter Bregman “I want your help developing my direct reports into stronger leaders,” John* the new CEO of Fasseni, a $350 million technology company, told me several years ago. Initially, I approached the request like any consultant might. First, I asked John why he wanted my help. He told me that Fasseni had stagnated. They had been hovering around the same revenue point for years and their competitors were gaining market share. So John and I defined a list of qualities a great leader should have, like expertise in their field, strategic thinking capability, common sense intelligence, powerful communication skills, problem solving prowess, and similar traits. Then I spent some time interviewing him and his direct reports to better understand their strengths and weaknesses as they related to the list of leadership qualities we had defined. Identify the goal, assess the current situation, understand the gap, and then close it. Only in this case, it wasn’t so simple — because there was no gap. Gifted.
10 Team-Building Games That Promote Collaborative Critical Thinking One of education’s primary goals is to groom the next generation of little humans to succeed in the “real world.” Yes, there are mounds of curricula they must master in a wide breadth of subjects, but education does not begin and end with a textbook or test. Other skills must be honed, too, not the least of which is how to get along with their peers and work well with others. This is not something that can be cultivated through rote memorization or with strategically placed posters. Students must be engaged and cooperation must be practiced, and often. 10 Team-Building Games That Promote Collaborative Critical Thinking 1. This team-building game is flexible. You can recycle this activity throughout the year by adapting the challenge or materials to specific content areas. Skills: Communication; problem-solving 2. This activity can get messy and may be suitable for older children who can follow safety guidelines when working with raw eggs. Skills: Problem-solving, creative collaboration 3.
The Single Largest Collaboration-Killing Mistake You’re Unaware Of There’s a lot of talk about how to get the most out of teams today. Do you define strict roles for each team member? Is it all about outlining the approach? Traditionally, when teams set out on a project they are handed a detailed approach by their leader. Instead of this “traditional” view of team projects, Erickson suggests that team leaders should take a new approach. “research has shown that … collaboration improves when the roles of individual team members are clearly defined and well understood – in fact, when individuals feel their role is bounded in ways that allow them to do a significant portion of their work independently. Turns out that assigning roles, not the approach, actually increases team collaboration. In this new approach to team collaboration, team leaders should take it upon themselves to “ensure that the roles and responsibilities of the team members are clearly defined for the specific project at hand.” Image Source: www.iStockphoto.com Related