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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How can you keep your team's work stress in check while still maintaining your edge and get­ting things done? Here are some ideas:
Consul­tant and best-selling author Patrick Lencioni identifies five "natural but dangerous pitfalls" that stand in the way of team success. Are these problems on your team?
Plenty of "team leaders" find it hard to know what to do to really engage in continuous team building and make a workgroup more than the sum of its parts. Here are some ques­tions to ask:
Savvy managers, therefore, go to great lengths to get the right number of hard-working, talented, motivated and positive people on their team. This won't guarantee success, of course, but it will make important goals a lot easier to accomplish. Here are some guidelines to help you staff your team for top effectiveness:
You probably think you know your “people people.” They’re the nurturers, the team players, the diplomats. In truth, that ain’t the half of it. Researchers studied the psychological tests of more than 7,000 professionals and identified four aspects of “relational” work: influence, interpersonal facilitation, relational creativity and team leadership. Here’s what it means:

"What do you mean I have to work on the floor today?" Margie asked sharply. "I have this project you gave me, remember?" Hank sighed heavily. "I know, but Mr. Banks denied our request for temporary help. With Rosanna and Martha out, we need all hands. I'm going to be out there, too."

When a workgroup is really a "team," its members are neither independent nor interchangeable, but interdependent. Each member has a role to play that contributes to the overall performance of the team. And one of the most challenging aspects of team building is figuring out what those roles are and should be.
"If you're not good at relationships, you can and will fail." That's according to change-management consultant Morris R. Shechtman, author of Fifth Wave Leadership: The Internal Frontier. "When you care enough about people to invest in a caring, honest, challenging relationship with them, you breed accountability."
As a hands-on manager, you're in the perfect position to fight boredom at work. This means you can head off the mistakes, missed opportunities, absenteeism and turnover that result when work becomes too routine. Here are some techniques to try:
One of your roles as a team leader is that of project manager. But like many of your leadership roles, this is one you can share with your team—and in the process, improve the quality of your own efforts while developing your team members' skills and competencies.
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