By Chris Croft | Thursday, September 17, 2015
Being a team player doesn’t come naturally to everyone. And since a great team consists of people who are very different from each other, they may not really understand, or even like, one another. So some problems are inevitable.
In my course Teamwork Fundamentals, I outline the qualities of effective teams and the role you, as a member, play in creating one, including delivering on expectations, listening to other team members, communicating clearly, playing more than one role, and being supportive.
But first, you need to know the most common crimes people commit while working in teams—and what you can do about them.
You may think you’re a team player … but are you committing any of these sins without even realizing it?
By Mike Figliuolo | Monday, September 15, 2014
People want to be treated like people, not like cogs in a big machine. It’s incumbent upon you as a leader to see them as individuals. It’s for that reason that I hate the use of the word “just” in front of anyone’s title.
“He’s just an analyst.”
“She’s just a cafeteria worker.”
“I’m just an administrative assistant.”
No one is just anything. The phrase is demeaning and pejorative. We’re allpeople—we simply happen to have different responsibilities.
“Just” connotes that someone is worth less than someone else, as if that “just” someone has a defect. One of the most powerful leadership skills I’ve seen and used is valuing everyone’s contributions equally.
By Todd Dewett | Wednesday, October 9, 2013
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Keeping a team at peak performance is tough. You can staff correctly, provide your team with crystal clear directions, and give everyone the resources they need to succeed—but sometimes they’ll still get stuck! When your team’s performance reaches a plateau, you’ve got to refocus on motivating them.
You’ll know a team is stuck when you see no significant progress for weeks on its key goals, principled debate edging toward unproductive arguments, or one or two team members constantly dominating the group’s conversations. If left unaddressed, morale and trust can quickly erode and the overall productivity of your team will flatline.
Don’t worry; you can get your team moving again. That’s the focus of the first tip this week: How to get your team unstuck.
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