On Teams:  A Blog About Team Effectiveness

Who is in control? Tips for team effectiveness

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Aren't you responsible for it? Who gets to make that decision? Why can't someone fix this? Don't I own that? Why are we talking about this if we can't do anything about it? Questions such as these are about control.

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And there is little doubt that control "issues" can create problems.

In 1981, after an attempt on President Reagan's life, Secretary of State Alexander Haig stated, "I am in control here in the White House." That statement stirred up a maelstrom of controversy. Was he really in charge? What did he mean by "in charge"? Haig was viewed by many as overreaching, which dogged him through the rest of his career.

How can you constructively manage control issues? Let's see what the research can tell us...

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!)