Terrific Teams require effort, knowledge, skills and structure.
Watch this Blog page for bi-weekly tips for Terrific Teams.
We will be posting useful ideas and practical steps you can take.
This week’s excerpt from 50 Tips for Terrific Teams starts with some
introductory comments and Tip 1.
Teamwork is the ability to work together
toward a common vision.
The ability to direct individual accomplishments
toward organizational objectives.
It is the fuel that allows common people
to attain uncommon results.
– Andrew Carnegie
Almost everyone has had the misfortune of being on a terrible team.
Poor design, miscommunication, conflict among teammates, and confusion
over direction are some of the things that can keep a team from accomplishing
its goals. On the other hand, a TERRIFIC team is a great experience!
When things go right on a team, there is a synergy that allows the
team to succeed in ways that are far greater than any one individual would
ever be able to do alone. This synergy does not happen by chance, though.
Terrific Teams, those that achieve high performance and engagement,
have a combination of strong effort, knowledge, skills and structure.
Learn what makes a team effective.
Currently, many team interventions rely on incomplete approaches to
supporting a team, and they use methods that ‘feel good but may not do good.’
In fact, some research indicates that despite being fun, most team-building
events offer a minimal Return on Investment (ROI) (Wageman et al., 2008).
Many team interventions are based on face validity, not solid knowledge
about what actually creates team effectiveness and long-term changes in performance.
It is important for team leaders, coaches, and facilitators to learn
some basics about team effectiveness, group process, and team coaching research
so that their approaches can be as effective and productive as possible.
What classic resources do you count on for guiding your work?
How do you stay up to date?