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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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When leading teams, clashing views is a healthy sign. If team members rarely disagree, they may not care.
According to Robert Lutz, the 75-year-old vice chairman of General Motors, teamwork is overrated.
Teams tend to excel when everyone pulls together to achieve a coveted and hard-to-attain goal. If there's a shared sense of urgency, that's an even stronger motivator.
On today's teams, it's not unusual for everyone to be working at different times. How do you help people work together in this situation?
"Knowledge management" is a trendy and overused buzz-phrase, but the principles behind it are important to every team leader.
Switching from an "either/or" to a "both/and" perspective can help you manage your team more effectively.

Uncover teamwork talents (or the lack thereof) by asking: (1) What is your relationship with your supervisor and your peers? (2) What would your current supervisor or peers say about you? ...

“Certification validates your skills, your knowledge, your professionalism,” says Judy Beebe, and she’s proud to list four little letters after her name, SDA/C.
Ferrari, the legendary Italian car maker, resists spreading its core activities among different locations. Its corporate facility in Maranello, Italy, is home to passenger-car development, race-team management, technician training and other operations. And the complex is adjacent to a fully equipped test track. The conservative “one location” approach enables a lot of high-tech development:

Just a few months ago, the U.S. Supreme Court established a broad new legal standard for judging whether an employer has retaliated against an employee for complaining about discrimination (Burlington Northern v. White). Now, the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals has applied the standard to its first retaliation case after the Supreme Court decision. The news is good for employers ...

If subjective criteria like attitude, leadership and being a team player are part of your organization’s employee evaluations, you’d be wise to keep detailed records of customer complaints ...

There are scores of different systems for categorizing leadership styles, but from your team members' perspec­tive, there's only one simple system—"good" or "bad."

The key to making telework and flextime part of an organization's everyday business practices is making sure managers understand them, says Kathryn Oliver Kadilak, work/life program manager at the U.S. Department of Justice ...

Do you worry you may be courting a discrimination lawsuit when you turn away an applicant or toss an unsolicited résumé in the trash? Rest assured that turning away applicants when you don’t have an opening isn’t likely to get you in trouble ...

A new project gets started, a new division is created, new staff come on board—and voilà! A team is born. Now what?
When you first give your people the responsibilities of a team leader, you'll find out quickly what they think of as their "management style."
Is loyalty in the workplace a thing of the past? Absolutely not! In fact, genuine loyalty might be easier to find today than it was in the old days.
One difference between teams that flourish under the strain of today's workplace and teams that don't is their sense of community—a feeling of shared purpose, common values and mutual trust.
When your team grows, you generally have more problems. To make the most of the situation, consider these tips.
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