Category Archives: Team Development

10 Tips for Good Teamwork

By Susan M. Heathfield

Have you ever wondered how some work groups exhibit effective teamwork and others remain dysfunctional for the life of the team? Effective teamwork is both profoundly simple and difficult at the same time. This is why so many teams struggle to get the relationships, the interaction, and the task execution right. Their success depends on these factors. No matter the team or its reason for existing, humans are in the mix, and each team member brings along all of their baggage—for good and for ill.

So, diverse people with different life experiences, different work experiences, and varying degrees of success working with former teams and the accomplishment of prior team missions converge around a new mission.

Given the complexity of forming a team including consciously or unconsciously developing team interaction norms and guidelines, ending up with an effective, functioning team is downright amazing.

You can significantly increase the chances of the teams that you join or oversee to make needed contributions. Given appropriate support and nurture, teams can succeed beyond your wildest dreams. Don’t let anything hold you back as you help your teams succeed.

Teams have basic needs that must be acknowledged and fulfilled if you expect your teams to experience their greatest success. No team will succeed if these basics do not exist.

Keys to Successful Teamwork

These ten tips describe the environment that must occur within the team for successful teamwork to take place. Fortsätt läsa

Team Building. What Is It?

By Susan M. Heathfield

Team building is the process of turning a group of individual employees into a cohesive team, a group of people organized to work together interdependently and cooperatively to meet the needs of their customers by accomplishing their purpose and goals.
Team building can include the daily interaction that employees engage in when working together to carry out the requirements of their jobs. It can also involve structured activities and exercises that employees can lead. Or, with the proper budget and goals, managers can contract out for facilitation with an external resource.

Internal Team Building Opportunities
With a little practice, groups of employees such as departments, product teams, marketing teams and more can use another employee to facilitate their group’s session. Often the team leader or manager will facilitate a series of meetings at which employees get to know each other and develop cohesive working relationships. Fortsätt läsa

Potential Of The Outdoors Team Development

team_outdoors.JPGThe Director had organised a great conference – the venue was first class, the service excellent and the content of the workshops and presentations very motivational. The only potential ”fly in the ointment” was the team building afternoon which was scheduled to take place outdoors as evidenced by the memo outlining the fact that waterproof jackets, trousers and boots should be brought along to the conference.

The ”rumour-mill” was working overtime. ”We’re going abseiling.” claimed one sales representative. ”No, I have heard it is an orienteering challenge.” claimed another. Fortsätt läsa