This article is about teambuilding tips and tricks that relate to team meetings.
You’re at a meeting with key staff. You want some new ideas to address the topic. Looking around at this group of creative, ambitious, bright people, you say, ”Let’s get some fresh ideas on this. Who’s got something?”
Suddenly,you feel like the high-school teacher who has asked a question about the homework no one did. People find their notepads fascinating, others fumble in their briefcases muttering things no one can hear, still others stare into space seeming lost in thought. No one is looking at you.
What’s going on?
There are many reasons for this unproductive response to your query. In my many years of working with groups, I’ve found the reason most often is one of these:
1. People are afraid of looking like idiots in front of bosses and peers. Fortsätt läsa
As a freelance writer myself, I know how important it is to have and keep track of experts to interview. Here are a few teambuilding tips and tricks on the topic :
I always emphasize to clients and seminar participants how important it is to start and maintain a ”Team 100” list – people to support you in whatever you are doing. It is also equally important to start and maintain ”Expert 100” list. For a writer this is almost mandatory whether fiction or nonfiction. However, even if you are a business owner or an employee it is just as important to have this list. One of the experts might be your next employer or a friend of one.
What is an Expert 100 list? Group of people who are experts in their careers who you know a little or a lot that you feel comfortable enough to contact them if and when you have questions in their area. Fortsätt läsa
There is a useful hint for team builders:
“Individual commitment to a group effort – that is what makes a team work, a company work, a society work, a civilization work.”
– Vincent ”Vince” Lombardi (1913-1970), athletic coach
Too often teams aren’t assembled. They just happen. A project comes along and a team is assigned to work it. The group gathers and attempts to figure out a solution, but trouble starts brewing almost at once. Only some of the people do any work. Some people don’t get along. Meetings are frequent and mind numbing. No one is quite sure what the assignment actually is.
In corporate team building, well-assembled teams are called Station Teams. Station teams are based on what we know to be true about people and organizations, and are aligned with the principles of WYSINWYG (what you see is never what you get), balance and simplicity. The constituent parts of station team assembly are size, civics, and work. Each of the parts is important in its own right, but taken together, they provide for continuous and effective team operation. Their assembly optimizes the chances for successful and effective teamwork. Fortsätt läsa
Warning: The team building ideas that follow teamwork. Don’t be fooled by their simplicity. For experienced team members and team leaders some of these team building tips & tricks may seem obvious. Sometimes however it is the obvious things we forget about or don’t apply. As you read the list think about your past experiences and determine which of these ideas would have made your team experiences more effective and productive, and your teamwork more interesting and joyful. Fortsätt läsa
We can always look at the behaviors and skills of team leaders and team members in analyzing team performance and success, but it is also instructive to look at the overall teamwork as well. The list of attributes that follows describes team units that are highly productive and successful. You can use this list as a set of criteria by which you can judge your own teamwork. Fortsätt läsa
Teams are often useful in situations where the task cannot be completed individually or if the task requires working interdependently. However, a successful team requires thought and planning. Too often, a group of individuals is simply thrown together, given a mandate, ”marching orders” and then told, ”Now go make us proud!”
To create an effective work team, defined outcomes, common goals and correct skills are keys to success. Here are ten methods to create a successful work team.
1. Create a common, shared (team) goal. Fortsätt läsa
Maybe you find yourself in a new team environment and leading a team for the first time, or maybe you have been working with and leading teams forever. Either way, the keys in this article – whether as new information or a fresh reminder – can make a world of difference in morale, productivity and results from teams.
Help the team identify its purpose. People work more effectively when they understand the goals they are trying to achieve. As a leader it is your job to help the team see the desired outcome of their efforts and help them set specific goals and milestones along the way. Fortsätt läsa
Any x by y matrix plan has one big risk… but also one big advantage.
The biggest risk: People in your downline might think they don’t have to promote and just wait for your spillover.
The biggest advantage: Still, it’s a great way to build a deep team quick… if you and the people in your team understand that they shouldn’t just sit and wait for it to happen.
The following 3 steps you need to follow and teach to build a successful team:
1. Find 2 people… Fortsätt läsa
This sports cliche is a memorable phrase that reminds people that team success is more important than individual glory. In that sense it is wonderful and is as true for business teams as it is for sports teams. The phrase, however, overlooks the role of the individual in making the team stronger.
To encourage team development, organizations use teambuilding events. Many of these events are based on forced interaction in a fun metaphorical environment – the ‘shared experience’. Some examples of this are rope courses, rowing, paintball, and Monte Carlo nights. While these events are fun and may have some benefit, they do not necessarily teach the individual skills that lead to stronger teams. These skills are confidence, trust, and control-sharing. When developed, these skills allow the free flow of ideas and effective interactions that are the foundation of a strong team. Rather than a simple shared experience, the key to a good teambuilding event is teaching members these three core skills. Fortsätt läsa