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Posts Tagged ‘teamwork

30
Sep

This just in: new research on the effects of being honest and what it means for you. I’m constantly encouraging people to engage in the productive conflict that will move their team (and their organization) forward. The biggest stumbling block is people’s fear that being honest about what they think and feel will erode trust […]

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16
Sep

“Help me understand what you’re trying to achieve.” Once upon a time, I encouraged you to use this phrase as a signal that you’re not connecting with someone’s point and you need them to clarify. Sadly, too many closed-minded, judgmental, passive-aggressive jerks commandeered “Help me understand” and now it’s a weapon. And that’s not the […]

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10
Dec

We’re not having enough conflict. We need more conflict to trigger innovation, mitigate risks, surface issues that could erode trust, and to advocate for ourselves. Although you know intellectually that working through the conflict is important, the voices inside your head give you so many reasons why you should avoid it. One of those voices […]

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20
Feb

I’m doing a bunch of interviews in preparation for a team effectiveness program. Mid-way through the third interview, I covertly open my calendar to double make sure these people are part of the same team. The team being described by the third interviewee bears no resemblance to the one described by the previous two. After […]

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12
Feb

“Character may be manifested in the great moments, but it is made in the small ones.” -Phillips Brooks, American clergyman (1835-1893) I was looking for inspiration this morning when I stumbled upon this quote. It got me wondering about the small moments that define a team member’s character. It’s those small moments when you decide […]

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12
Jul

Since the seminal work of Charles Spearman at the turn of the 20th century, we have been studying, measuring, and eventually selecting for, individual intelligence. If you want to, you can find out if you’re smarter than a fifth grader. Until recently, we haven’t looked for a similar general intelligence factor in teams.  In the […]

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06
Mar

It’s one of those days where I didn’t have an idea of what to write about so I started Googling random things. Just for fun, I keyed in “secret of effective teamwork.” I read a bunch of articles before my inner voice starting yelling: THERE IS NO SECRET OF EFFECTIVE TEAMWORK!!! There is no secret […]

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04
Oct

  I’m on a bit of a roll on the topic of collaboration on teams. This little flurry of posts stemmed from three teams in a row that raised concerns about the lack of shared ownership for each other’s work. In the first post, I focused on the importance of getting input from teammates before […]

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27
Sep

Many of the team members I’m working with right now feel caught between two opposing forces. On the one hand, they’re living in matrix structures that require tightly aligned team behavior and interdependence. On the other hand, they feel the weight of the expectations for personal accountability and speed of execution, which are inadvertently driving […]

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