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In-House Training Teams

Deborah Mackin presenting on In-House Training Teams at the 14th annual ASTD conference.

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LEADERSHIP: Building Prioritization & Accountability In Your Initiatives

I recently completed a series of interviews with members of a production leadership team and was struck by some of their comments. They expressed frustration that the meetings seemed to be dominated by three or four people, while others just stayed in their “silos” contributing only when asked a specific question related to their area of […]

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TEAMING: How To Implement Your Own Tiger Team

Last week we explored the background of Tiger Teams – how they began and their original purpose.  The realization for me was that Tiger Teams had evolved from an espionage orientation to a problem solving one.  That evolution opens up the possibility for all organizations to explore the value of creating Tiger Teams.  It also […]

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TEAMING: Tiger Teams – The New Frontier of Teaming

Awhile back I ran into this term – Tiger Teams – and was intrigued by how a Tiger Team might differ from another type of team, or if it was simply a glorified name for a team that would oversee something like a Kaizen event.  What does being a Tiger Team really mean?  Is becoming […]

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Ubuntu!

The word “teamwork” has become so overused that for many it’s meaningless. “We’d like to see some good teamwork here.”  “Let’s work as a team and show some fantastic results.”  “This won’t be achieved unless we all pull together as a team.”  Team is a platitude thrown around by managers with very little expectation of […]

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TEAMING: The Look, Tone, and Feel of a High-Performance Team

There is something really cool about watching a high performance team in action.  Recently, a senior leadership team scheduled a two-day work session to revamp their priorities and direction for the coming year.  The processes they used to surface and acknowledge their weak spots, develop strategies to address their challenges, reach consensus and develop concrete […]

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TEAMING: Key Mile Markers on the Road to Top-Notch Teaming

- a recap of the 2010 Bright Ideas with Presenter Lisa Dunbar –   To round out our month on teaming, I thought I’d share some highlights from my presentation “The Road to Top Notch Teaming” from the Albany-Colonie Chamber of Commerce Bright Ideas Conference.       Choose the right vehicle to get you where you […]

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TEAMING: The Case for In-House Training Teams

A new paper from New Directions discusses how organizations can cut cost while offering employee development by implementing In-House Training Teams within their organizations.   View 1 minute videos from successful In-House Training Team Members to see the potentials of starting an In-House Training Team program and then scroll down to view the free paper on In-House […]

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TEAMING: Special Interview with Lisa Dunbar on the 2010 Bright Ideas Conference

A special interview with Lisa Dunbar after her presentation: The Road To Top-Notch Teaming at the 2010 Bright Ideas Conference last week (view interview).  

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TEAMING: Under Siege – When Your Team Comes Under Attack

Last week I was speaking with a manager who shared that his team had been given a hard time recently when they asked for more resources to handle a high priority project.  The comments back, frankly, were not nice.  “Maybe your team shouldn’t be the one handling the project anyway.”  “You’re not taking anything from […]

TEAMING: FAQ #3: What happens if someone does not want to work as a team?

When management has made a clear statement that the organization will be team-based, then the individual has to have a serious self-talk to see if he/she wants to continue working for the organization. Fundamentally, in a team-based organization there is no choice and individuals need to recognize that fact. In an organization where management hasn’t […]

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TEAMING: Team-Building 3.0 – The Road To Top-Notch Teaming

Successful teams don’t leave success to chance. They plan for success. They are set up to succeed from the beginning. They spend 2/3 of their time planning what they will do and 1/3 of their time actually doing it. That includes spending time on process and relationship before task. Teaming 3.0 doesn’t involve some new […]

TEAMING: FAQ #2: What are the biggest mistakes when changing to a teaming environment

Some organizations believe they can implement teams without changing the traditional hierarchical structure. Within months, the two structures inevitably clash. Typically the more entrenched structure survives and teamwork is reduced to a thing of the past. Managers have much greater difficulty adjusting to a team-based environment than hourly employees because they have to learn to […]

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TEAMING: Why Teams Fail to Function Effectively

There have been many articles and books written on why teams fail, including the very popular Five Dysfunctions of Teams.  For this blog, I’d like to go off the beaten path a bit and look at some of the less discussed reasons why teams fail – the other six dysfunctions of teams. 1. Wanting team-based […]

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TEAMING: 4 Mythbusters of Consensus

I conducted a team building workshop recently and as I was reviewing the four key elements for effective work teams with the group, notably (1) common goal and approach (2) shared roles and responsibilities (3) commitment to helpful team behaviors and (4) consensus decisions, it was easy to see the heads nodding when I spoke […]

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IN THE NEWS: New Directions Announces May as Team-Building Month

This month we’re celebrating the concept of team-building.  Our very own Lisa Dunbar will be presenting The Road To Top- Notch Teaming at this year’s Bright Ideas Conference on Friday, May 21st.   Being an organization that focuses much of our work and passion on the collaborative spirit of teaming, we thought we’d take this month and […]

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TEAMING: Why Groups Struggle

When the phone rings, it’s often an organization or business calling to talk to us about a group or team that is having problems with communication, personalities, or group dynamics.  As a result, the project or task isn’t coming together as everyone anticipated.  In fact, in one case the project had been delayed 7 months […]

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LEADERSHIP: Taskmaster In a Bottle: The Leadership Pill

About six months ago I read the book, The Leadership Pill. It’s not a long book by any means, but I was surprised at Ken Blanchard and Marc Muchnick’s ability to interweave a fictional story with real life references and provide the reader with a parable on effective leadership. The Leadership Pill begins with the […]

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LEADERSHIP: Creating and Sustaining Senior Leadership Teams

Autumn is the time of year when senior leadership teams are working on strategic plans, finalizing budgets, and making last minute adjustments to bring the fourth quarter in on target.  While some leaders question whether a team is a viable structure to coordinate strategy at that level, others are becoming increasingly aware that business demands […]

TEAMING: Implement Teams . . . Sooner or Later?

Last summer I had the opportunity to attend the University of North Texas conference for collaborative organizations and heard several key points that I think are worth sharing. One speaker talked about the characteristics born in a crisis driven organization: Bad planning where there are few requirements and resource shortfall due to always saying yes […]

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