On Teams:  A Blog About Team Effectiveness

Is Your Work Team Like the 2013 Boston Red Sox?

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The 2013 Red Sox won 97 regular season games and went on to win the World Series. In comparison, the 2012 Red Sox finished dead last in the American League East and won only 69 games. That's the largest turnaround in major league baseball history. How did it happen?

Here are nine lessons learned from the 2013 Sox, followed by the "is my team like the Red Sox" quiz...Sox win

I think, therefore you are -- understanding people in power

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Does your team leader really know what your team is thinking? The thinker

Being in charge can change the way we view others and how we interpret what others believe.  Since we all interact with people in positions of power, and most of us also occupy a position of power in some aspect of our lives (at work, at play, at home), it can be helpful to understand how being in charge affects our perceptions of others

A team is a team is a team, right? Not necessarily.

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Recently, we've been working with a large, well-known organization that has manufacturing facilities around the world. We're examining the way they design, prepare, measure, reward, and manage theSynchro swim teamir various teams. One observation we've made – which we've also noticed in other organizations -- is the tendency to treat all work teams within a location similarly. But are different teams always similar enough to merit common treatment? 

Five team development traps you must avoid

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There is ample evidence that well-designed, properly implemented team development efforts such as team training and team building can be very successful. And yet they often fail.

When I conduct a team development effort, the goal is typically to boost the performance and long-term viability of the team. But several traps can keep that from happening.  Beware sign

How did I discover these traps? I’d like to report that it was always the result of keen foresight, but in some instances I simply stumbled into the trap. If you conduct team development interventions, here are five traps you’ll want to avoid (trust me, they are no fun!) 

You get four chances to boost team performance

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Some teams will succeed, some will struggle, and some will fail. But if your organization relies on teams, a question you should be asking is “how can we improve the success rate of our teams?”

In our work with NASA, we've developed a framework that specifies four potential "intervention" points where research shows that actions can be taken to increase the likelihood of team success. You can consider these intervention points as four chances to boost team effectiveness.

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So where are the best opportunities to boost teamwork and team performance in your organization?