Team Building

In most companies, when you get results, you get rewards. And if you can’t lead teams to success, you’ll end up stuck in a job with no exit. Use this strategic blending of common-sense strategies and implementable team building exercises to build and bolster your winning team…

You want to improve teamwork. So you reward group performance, praise any signs of collaboration and prod loners to become joiners. That’s a good start, but why stop there?

Make sure your team is working more like the Manhattan Project and less like Enron… Use these articles, exercises and strategies to get your team building training up and running!

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What’s the most important factor in determining whether your team will succeed? You might guess it’s the participants’ skills and talents, their willingness to collaborate or the organizational culture within which they operate. Yet the right answer is your behavior as team leader.

There’s no single method to motivate entry-level employees. You need a range of communication tools to ignite their on-the-job passion. Consider the example set by Rich Snyder of In-N-Out Burger.
There’s no foolproof way to build teams, but good ones share these approaches.
Hailed as a creative genius, physicist ­William Shockley mastered quantum theory and led a team to invent the transistor. But he did it the hard way.
Here are some of UpdateZen founder and CEO Paul Ruderman's “golden rules” for collaboration.
In 2013, the leaders of Pictometry Inter­­national decided to get more bang for their buck to boost morale among their 250 employees. So they focused on food.
Researchers at MIT and George Washington University studied eight years of data at a big U.S. professional services company. Inspecting revenue figures, employee surveys and other workplace metrics, researchers found that more diverse teams significantly outperform homogeneous groups.

Asked how to prepare for a football playoff, coach Craig Bohl recommends adopting a mindset he calls “one-and-done.” Bohl won his third consecutive FCS (NCAA’s Football Championship Subdivision) national title when his North Dakota State team won its division in 2013. That makes Bohl, now the coach at Wyoming, college football’s leading expert on playoffs.

When Jay Gould joined American Standard in 2012 as CEO, he faced a liquidity crisis. Draining cash, the once-venerable plumbing company was on the brink of collapse. The company's 5,500 employees had gotten used to layoffs, and there was little reason to believe more weren't coming. Gould needed a way to boost morale, and he found it.
Andrew Field, president and CEO of PrintingForLess.com, has articulated the principles that guide his leadership.
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