Working together to solve problems and create opportunities is one of the great inherent benefits of workplace. Here are some steps you can take with your team to boost its effectiveness:
Define the problem or opportunity. Individuals each have their own ideas of what's important. But they'll get more done if they first agree on a single focus for their efforts. When faced with a workplace challenge, encourage the team to step back and think about what their individual ideas have in common. Clearly define that common area in terms of a problem the team has to solve, along with criteria for success.
Organize team energies. Individuals often see situations with themselves in the center. But when team members learn to accept central roles for their co-workers, too, you get very impressive results. Instead of having one person direct the entire problem-solving effort, various team members can assume responsibility for...(register to read more)