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Employee Training, Team building, Motivation, Change Management

Elements of a High Performance Team

March 10, 2013

I wish there were only one, two or even three characteristics of a high performance team.  That would make describing them perhaps acquiring such attributes somehow easier.  But it’s just not that easy – but it isn’t that hard either!  No doubt this list is not all-inclusive, however I would suggest it would be difficult to find a high performing team without each of these attributes.

Mission driven team members: Possessed more than a mere goal, they possessed a vision of their future and they conducted themselves with inexplicable energy.
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What is Team Building?

February 25, 2013

When we think of the concept of team building there are many different visions that may pop into our heads. We might envision quick and fun activities designed to help members bond, or interactive day-long retreats where members participate in some type of complex interactions with each other or something in the middle of these two. In determining which type of activities that should be presented to help build our team, we must first look at why team building is important and what our team might be lacking.

We must understand that a team is just that, a team.  Continue reading

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Can We Teach Accountability?

January 15, 2013

Accepting responsibility for our actions seems almost novel.

The idea of accepting personal responsibility for our own actions, while not new, sometimes seems almost novel. On any given day we hear in the news of another event in which someone faults others for personal mishaps. Afterall, there is great comfort in holding someone responsible other than ourselves for the bad things that happen in our lives.

As for developing more accountable employees in organizations, To some great extent, as organizations we created our own challenge. For the greater part of the 20th century, corporations nurtured a parental relationship Continue reading

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The Soft & Essential Side of Team Building

January 1, 2013

Creating a team or developing an existing team into a successful team capable of achieving an organization’s goal can be daunting. While there are numerous organizations that recognize employee teams require maintenance as any other organizational asset, there are others that do not.

To expect that a group of employees, many times hired at separate times under very different conditions or by previous team leader, will perform as a finely honed machine is unrealistic. It is also unreasonable to expect that a group of employees banded together by a department name and loosely referred to as a team, will perform Continue reading

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Something You Should Know About Managing Change

September 13, 2012

Change is rarely easy to accept

WHAT IS AT ISSUE? Why must change management be addressed? Why is change generally the source of disruption?  It’s important to understand the problem before solutions can be applied.

Change is rarely easy to accept.  It doesn’t always occur as a positive stroke favoring any one individual.  For those times we are positively effected, there are other times that did not smile on us so graciously. It is these latter times, and more specifically the feelings associated with the negative effects of change that has created an entire cottage industry oriented Continue reading

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Service Engine (Team) Soon

September 7, 2012

Recently I was driving the family car when I noticed a “warning” light appear on the dash – “Service Engine Soon”.  Alarmed, I immediately called my neighborhood mechanic.  He advised me that while it could be numerous things, with the quick use of a diagnostic tool they possessed, and through the use of some “uniform trouble codes”, they should be able to uncover the problem and have my car back to me no time.

Wow.  I wonder if they have such a tool for troubled teams. One that spits outs generally understood “uniform trouble codes” to Continue reading

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Team Supplies for a High Performance Team

September 1, 2012

What makes for high performance team building?

My sons will begin school in a few weeks, and, as usual I expect to receive a list of school supplies of which I will only partially comprehend the requirements. There will be items on the list to which
I have never heard of and others that possess such detail that it will require numerous calls and trips to the store before finding the precise item the teacher requires.

It is the same of teams. There are requirements for creating high performance teams, some of which will require extra effort to understand, Continue reading

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The Most Crucial Component of Teams

August 26, 2012

We mistake groups of people for teams

What is it that makes some teams highly successful while others flounder? The most common error is that we mistake groups of people for teams. A collection of employees, athletes or children gathered together, (company, sport, etc.) may, by definition constitute a team as defined by the American Heritage Dictionary: “any group organized to work together”.

It is at this point that the difference between a Heritage defined “team ” and an effective and winning team parts company. A winning team is characterized and measured in terms of a team’s output, the Continue reading

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Achieving Organizational Success

August 20, 2012

Small Steps Lead to Big Rewards

Learning the secret to organizational success is straightforward. Achieving it is something else. In order for the organization to be a success, the organization’s teams must be a success and that success originates with more than a common purpose, it rests in cause. A cause so understood and so accepted that its’ un-acceptance results in alienation.

The cause is so accepted and committed to that a transformation occurs first in the individual and soon, followed by the team. A transformation or perhaps more accurately a manifestation that takes on a life of its’ own Continue reading

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Top 6 Signs Your Team Lacks Trust

August 15, 2012
  1. Finger pointing. ( And I’m not making reference to any profane middle finger pointing).  Rather an instinct to blame others.  Many times it can occur on a macro level  – it wasn’t us it was Accounting, or Shipping, or Marketing, or Operations.  “It was Sales that promised we could deliver with 2 hours!”.
  2. Team members start looking out for themselves and “me” becomes the accepted motivator over “we”. 
  3. Lack of confidence.  When a commitment is made to read a report, return a phone call, respond to an email or attend a meeting – Continue reading
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