“Dolphins do it, humpback whales do it, even lions, orcas and wolves do it, and of course humans try to do it”. So says Phil Baguley author of “Teams and Team-Working”. Why teams? Do we really accomplish more? Reduce our costs? Or is it just wishful thinking? Teams and work teams make for a great sound bite – but in the real world – your world – do they produce the kinds of results that you want? Or do they create more problems than they’re worth?
I’ll try not to be too cynical here – but you can’t throw people together – call them a team – and have them perform without teaching them what it means to be part of a team – and how to be a good team player. (It’s a learned behaviour) Making teams work is a challenging and difficult process. Nonetheless, you can increase the likelihood that your team will succeed in accomplishing individual and team goals by carefully managing the setting of team goals and priorities, how work team members are selected, trained and compensated. Team goals may vary depending on the role that teams play in your organization. Problem solving teams, self-managed teams, cross functional teams, virtual teams and work teams. Teams can be brought together, based on each team member’s area of expertise, to work on a specific project and once that project is completed the team is disbanded. (Project Managers work in this type of environment and it takes a special set of skills to manage those teams)
“Coming together is a beginning – Keeping together is progress – Working together is success” – Henry Ford. Managers need to understand that they need their people a great deal more than their people need them. You and I both know that there are a number of ways to accomplish a given task. The more that you allow other team members to be involved in the process, the more likely it is – that they’ll be interested in the results. Do you want to know the secret to increasing your team’s motivation five-fold? Reading Scott Keller’s article is a great place to start. Enjoy the read 🙂
Increase Your Team's Motivation Five-Fold – Scott Keller – Harvard Business Review.
You are speaking volumes and you haven’t said a word yet. On a percentage basis how much do you think we communicate by the actual words we say? Based on the research of Dr. Ralph Nichols – we communicate just 7% of the time by the actual words we say. I want you to think about that for a moment. You communicate just 7% of the time by the actual words you say. You communicate 93% of the time – non verbally. (38% by the tone of your voice and 55% of the time by body language alone) And most adults believe the non-verbal as more accurate – especially women who are far more intuitive to non-verbal communication cues than men. With men it’s usually black or white. With women, it’s more in that grey zone. Women tend to read between the lines and communicate on an emotional level. Your actions and what you are saying must be congruent to be believed. Pay attention to a person’s body language when communicating so you can pick up on subtle nuances and depict what’s really on their mind. – Great article by Rita Rocker – Enjoy the read 🙂
Silent Conversations. Are Your Body and Mouth on the Same Page? | Work + Money – Yahoo! Shine.
Did you ever wonder why we do – what we do – when we do it? I’m a student of human behavior and as such I found Doris Nhan’s article – based on her conversation with Charles Duhigg – an investigative journalists and author of – “The Power of Habit” an interesting read. Are we creatures of habit? If we are creatures of habit then that means we can change how we go about doing things. A good habit produces a good result plain and simple. (Just like a bad habit produces a bad result) We are adults and we can learn new habits. (Easier said then done – right?) All you need to do is stop doing one thing and start doing another. And if you do it often enough, you’ll have created a new habit. Some experts suggest that if you do something 21 times in a row you’ll have created a new habit. What new habits are you working on? Enjoy the article – I hope it motivates you enough to keep you working at it. Cheers, 🙂
Habits vs. decisions: Why you do what you do | SmartBlogs.
“One of the indispensable functions of informal organizations – is that of communication” – Chester Barnard. Think of a job that you could do in your life time that didn’t involve communicating with others? Ken Blanchard is his book, The One Minute Manager – said that communication is the breakfast of champions. I can’t think of a more valuable skill for managers to have than the ability to communicate effectively up, down and across the organization. If you can’t communicate you can’t manage – period!
Research conducted by Dr. Ralph Nichols would suggest that humans aren’t built to be good communicators – but we are born with the ability to learn how. The power of the spoken and unspoken word can’t be overlooked. The words you choose and how you go about saying them can be the catalyst for action or in-action. You can choose to build people up or tear them down simply by the tone of your voice and the non-verbal massages your body language sends. In Barrack Obama’s case his ability to communicate effectively inspired a Nation – and changed our World forever.
Take a moment and think about what it would mean to you if you could improve your ability to communicate and interact more effectively with the people you work with and come in contact with. Don’t put your career at risk. Invest in yourself – Learn how to build collaborative teams, develop relationships, resolve conflict and deal with difficult people. Go ahead – you’re worth it. “Powerful Communication Strategies – Bridging The Generation & Gender Gap” – June 16 – Ottawa.
Powerful Communication Strategies – Bridging The Generation & Gender Gap.