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Mar 24, 2017 6:51:47 AM by Deb Calvert Leave a Comment

Buiding a Strong Team Is Everyone's Responsibility

It's a delicate and often misunderstood balance. 

Effective teams find the balance, though, and work hard to maintain it. 

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Tagged With: team-building, team effectiveness, connect2win, team player

Mar 17, 2017 5:15:00 AM by Deb Calvert Leave a Comment

Team Examples of Rehabilitating Leaders Who Had Gone Astray

Leaders are human. They screw up. 

Team members have a better read than anyone else on what team leaders need to do to improve. After all, the team is impacted most by a leader's mistakes. And it's the team that's there to see what's happening. 

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Tagged With: team-building, team effectiveness, being a good team leader, connect2win, team leader

Mar 10, 2017 5:15:00 AM by Deb Calvert Leave a Comment

Your Boss Says You Need to be a Team Player at Work. What Does that Even Mean?

You may not even realize you're doing it. That's why, when someone says you're not a very good team player at work, you're taken aback by the comment. 


Your intentions are good. You're doing what you do because you feel it's best for the team. But...

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Tagged With: team-building, team effectiveness, connect2win, team player

Mar 3, 2017 8:42:25 AM by Deb Calvert Leave a Comment

What Is Good Teamwork for a Team of Leaders?

Temper tantrums. Fist fights. Shouting matches. Turf wars.   

They expected other cross-functional teams to behave civilly, professionally and efficiently. But this senior leadership team simply could not get along.  

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Tagged With: team-building, team effectiveness, being a good team leader, connect2win, team leader

Feb 24, 2017 5:15:00 AM by Deb Calvert Leave a Comment

Effective Work Teams Place a Strong Emphasis on Dignity & Respect

Maybe this sounds basic at first glance. So let's break it down. Work teams / place a / strong emphasis on/ dignity / and respect.   

Not individuals, but teams. Not hope it happens, but place it intentionally. Not mild interest. but strong emphasis. On both (not either/or) dignity and respect. Here's why this matters. 

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Tagged With: dignity, respect, Respecting Others, teamwork, team work, team effectivness, team member, team player

Feb 17, 2017 4:15:00 AM by Deb Calvert Leave a Comment

Why Is Team Building Important Enough to Warrant Time in Our Busy Day?

"We don't have time for that crap!" bellowed Stefan when his boss suggested he enlist a facilitator to conduct a team building workshop.  

It was true. Stefan's team didn't have any free time at all. But who does? So why is team building important enough to take valuable time -- any amount of time -- from busy, stressed, over-worked team members?     

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Tagged With: dignity, respect, Respecting Others, teamwork, team work, team effectivness, team member, team player

Feb 10, 2017 6:15:00 AM by Deb Calvert Leave a Comment

The Team Building Questionnaire: Does Anybody Really Care?

You could use a team building questionnaire to assess team strengths and weaknesses. But why bother? Don't you already know what it will say?

Sure you do. The three big C's will certainly show up as areas in need of development

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Tagged With: teamwork, team work, team effectivness, team member, team player, collaboration

Feb 3, 2017 6:15:00 AM by Deb Calvert Leave a Comment

He Cracked the Code! How to Build Team Spirit at Work

Shouting matches were the norm. Fist fights had been averted, so far. Name calling and personal attacks had become commonplace.

Inside and outside of the Boardroom, this executive team went after each other... hardly the model example of team spirit at work.

The company's robust growth masked the problems. Their strong brand enabled more of the same bad behaviors. When you're successful, your faults don't seem as significant.

But then, something happened that would change everything.  

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Tagged With: teamwork, team work, team effectivness, team member, team player

Jan 27, 2017 6:15:00 AM by Deb Calvert Leave a Comment

Why Benevolence Belongs on Your Teamwork Skills List

It was a weekend retreat in December, and I was facilitating the forming/norming of a new cross-functional team. We started with a roundtable to generate ideas for the teamwork skills list they'd asked to create. The first contributor, Jessica, offered "helpful." Across the table came a swift and angry response from Mike: "This ain't the Salvation Army, and I'm no Santa Claus. Just do your part and I'll do mine."  

All eyes widened and turned to me. In my head I said "I didn't pick him... why are you looking at me?" To the group, though, I said "Let's get real for a minute. How many of you can honestly say you haven't felt exactly the same way on a team before?"

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Tagged With: teamwork, benevolence, team work, team effectivness, team member, team player

Jan 20, 2017 6:15:00 AM by Deb Calvert Leave a Comment

How to Misfire and Mess Things Up When Assigning Teamwork Roles

Roles and responsibilities. Getting clarity here makes everything easier when you're part of a team. But deciding who will do what isn't always as straightforward as it seems. If you're assigning roles based on skills, access or experience alone, you may be limiting the growth of your team (and yourself!).

Traditionally, the process of assigning team roles has been somewhat clinical. It's based on individual's known strengths. The person who's organized creates the meeting agenda. The one who's good with numbers runs the analysis. And so on. But here's the downside of a clinical approach.

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Tagged With: benevolence, team work, team effectivness

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