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How Important is Team Design and Structure?
Team design and structure counts for about 60% of effectiveness! So to be effective team leaders need take the time to properly design their team for success and set up the structure that will facilitate team effectiveness, before they focus on interpersonal dynamics and group processes (Hackman and O’Connor, 2005; Hackman and Wageman, 2005; Wageman et al., 2008). As they set a compelling direction and purpose for their team, they also ensure that the right talent is in place. They define team structures such as roles and responsibilities,...read more
Maximize Effectiveness by Having 10 Members or Less
There has been hundreds of years of research on what the ideal team size is to optimize performance. Even as early as the 1800s, a French agricultural engineer named Maximilian Ringleman discovered that when more people pulled on a rope, each individual contributed less effort. He coined the term “social loafing” and many researchers since then have confirmed this phenomenon. So what is the right size for a team? Wageman et al. (2008) suggest that a leadership team should be small, ideally having six to eight members. This size will allow the...read more
Set The Conditions For Team Success
Creating the conditions for team success is so critical that team structure and design alone accounts for 60 per cent of team effectiveness (Hackman, 2011). Front-end loading matters, so take the time to set things up well. No matter how great a house looks on the outside, any reputable contractor knows that what really counts is the structure—the quality of both the foundation and the materials. It is the same with a team. Design the foundational structures well and put the right materials, or people in this case, in place first. Wageman et...read more
Determine If You Are A Group Or A Team
A real team is defined as having clear boundaries, interdependent goals,and clarity of membership. In other words, knowing clearly who is on the team and who is not a regular team member is important (Wageman et al., 2008). It is also critical for the team to know when they need the support and input of all team members versus when they can work more independently. This does not mean that a team must do everything together or be interdependent to achieve all goals. However, there must be at least some interdependence and common objectives, or...read more
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...read more
Best-Selling Books by Dr. Jacqueline Peters and Dr. Catherine Carr
…a comprehensive system for leaders, coaches, and Human Resources professionals to use when coaching teams … enables greater team effectiveness and engagement for all kinds of teams…50 research based tips for leading teams effectively in the workplace … includes practical examples…read more
Dr. Catherine Carr
Dr. Catherine Carr has over 20 years of experience in leadership development, group and team coaching, coach training and supervision, and program facilitation. She offers evidence-based approaches to coaching and organizational development. Catherine is known for her warmth and confidence building approach. She supports and motivates leaders and teams to imagine their ideal and make it real. In 2011 Catherine helped design and launch the British Columbia Public Service Agency’s innovative team coaching service, which is embarking on team...read more
Dr. Jacqueline Peters
Dr. Jacqueline Peters is an Executive coach, Team and Leadership specialist and author. She has over 20 years of experience supporting leaders, executives, and teams to achieve higher performance. Jacqueline’s clients say that her unique mix of practical corporate experience and doctoral level knowledge of leadership, coaching, and team effectiveness helps them achieve and exceed their personal and team productivity goals. She and Dr. Catherine Carr co-developed the High Performance Team Coaching System, a robust approach developed for...read more
50 Tips for Terrific Teams
50 research based tips for leading teams effectively in the workplace for leaders, Human Resources professionals, and team members. Includes practical actions to implement each tip. Includes: learn what makes a team effective, create a strong team design and structure, hold an effective team launch, use your experts effectively, make five times more positive than negative comments, foster trust behaviours and structures, actively solicit ideas from new and returning team members, leverage task conflict to improve innovation and effectiveness,...read more