Posts Tagged by teams

Every Team Has Communication Problems And What Does That Mean?

Team Building activities are often set up to jazz up the team or fill up space in an otherwise busy retreat agenda. One common goal of team building activities is to solve a problem. The most common problem expressed by managers and team leaders is We have communication problems. That complaint always baffles me and […] more

Teams Have Multiple Personalities

Every team has its own bank of personalities represented. For managers and supervisors, the personalities can come from people they hired or those they inherited. It’s a manager’s responsibility to manage the multiple team personalities along with the goals, budgets, timelines, resources, strategies, conflict, etc. Can you relate to the following situation? The managers in […] more

Team Building is a Process

Imagine the enthusiasm demonstrated by citizens who apply to be a Navy Seal. If we conduct their training using the same team building techniques that many corporations use, the Navy Seal Wannabees would attend one long retreat, probably over a weekend, and expect to be well-bonded and trusting of each other. Navy Seal training takes […] more

Managers Must Have Ice Breakers Handy

Managers have it tough. Not only are they expected to oversee budgets, timelines and resources, they are expected to manage all the personalities they have on their teams. Stubborn Steve, Critical Charles, Nitpicky Nancy and Always Forgettin’ Al, among the lot. If all the personalities represented on our teams and in our departments got along […] more

Project Managers Change Expectations and Reduce Stress

I recently read an article about relieving stress.  Peter Bregman, noted author with Harvard Business Review stated, “The best strategy for reducing stress: Change your expectations.” I thought about this approach for team building purposes.  Managing teams can be highly stressful. Stress comes with the territory.  Project managers often live in chaos.  To me, it’s […] more

Timing is Everything for Team Building

As part of my ongoing series of interviews with authors, inventors, executives, and other worthy people, I had the pleasure of getting to know Jane Lovas, a business advisor who has also authored a book, Seen and Sustained: Best Practices in Communication that Increase the Visibility of Small and Diverse Businesses. One of Jane’s many […] more

Understand the Power of the Introverts on Your Teams

Much personal creativity is developed in solitude. As Susan Cain so aptly presents in her TED presentation (see below), introverts should be included as part of every creative team. Introverts may go off on their own to have profound insights that they bring back to the team. She makes a case for why introverts don’t […] more