The Four Stages of Team Development

By Elizabeth Paul on Aug 22, 2018 12:00:00 AM

If you've ever been on a team, you know there are good times and bad, highs and lows, ups and downs. But you might not have known exactly what they mean or why they happen. Group researcher Bruce Tuckman, defines these different stages of group development as Forming, Storming, Norming, and Performing. Being able to recognize your team’s current stage will allow you to understand what is going on and know how to take them to the next stage. Here’s a breakdown of each stage and what to expect.

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Creativity and the Power of Divergent Thinking

By Brian Griffith on Mar 6, 2018 6:30:00 AM

Creativity can be difficult to define and even more difficult to facilitate. In her book, Making the Team: A Guide For Managers, Leigh Thompson states that “Team creativity is the Holy Grail of teamwork: Everyone wants it, but very few people know where to look for it or how to set up the conditions to make it happen." Here's how you do it.

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4 Best Apps for Online Team Communication

By Elizabeth Paul on Feb 22, 2018 12:21:00 PM

Effective communication within a team does not always come easy. Individuals have different priorities, communication styles, and commitment levels. It’s hard to bring everyone together and get them on the same page, and with emails, schedules, and documents to balance, simplifying communication might seem impossible. But there is hope.

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Keep Your Team Organized with These Simple Tools

By Elizabeth Paul on Dec 5, 2017 2:15:00 PM

Teamwork is a part of nearly every job. Chances are that wherever you work, you will have to work with other members to solve a problem or complete a project. And if you have ever worked on a team, you know that they aren’t always the most organized.

Unorganized teams can cause large problems for organizations and communities. Teams can miss deadlines, forget assignments, or create problems for a project if they are not carefully organized and prepared. But regardless of if you are leading the team or not, there are steps you can take to ensure that your team is organized and working efficiently and effectively. Here are a few ways to get your team started.

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How to Get Your Team to Work Together

By Elizabeth Paul on Nov 6, 2017 11:05:00 AM

We all know that people don’t always get along. It’s a fact of life. And if you have ever worked on a project or with a group of other people, you know that problems can arise because of it. But if you are the leader of team or group that doesn’t get along, is there anything you can do? Sure, you can encourage and promote teamwork, but unfortunately that message rarely gets through to the parties who cause the problem.

But all hope is not lost. There are plenty of methods and strategies that you can implement to ease the tension and get your team back on track, whether there are idea differences or personal differences. If you are struggling to get your team to work together, try these methods.

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Create an Effective Meeting Agenda

By Elizabeth Paul on Oct 4, 2017 11:52:00 AM

We’ve all been in meetings where we have to fight the urge to fall asleep when it becomes unproductive and unnecessarily long. They leave you questioning why you showed up and if you learned anything about the project, team, or whatever the meeting was about.

But if you didn’t learn anything else, you probably learned how not to run effective meetings. Namely, if people are tuned into their phones, not paying much attention, and dozing off, it’s probably time to change up the basics.

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5 Ways to Make New Hires as Productive as Possible

By Constance Du on Jun 2, 2017 2:57:39 PM

Adding to a team can be tricky. Here’s how to welcome new employees and make them part of your culture as quickly and effectively as possible.

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CREATE a Leading Role in 6 Steps

By Connie Du on May 12, 2017 12:22:23 PM

In the modern business world, there are two different kinds of leaders: the ones who lead through an appointed title and the ones who lead through curated respect and ability. No matter your rank, you can CREATE a leading role for yourself in any situation by using these tools.

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7 Traits of Self-Managing Teams

By Elizabeth Paul on Sep 6, 2016 7:12:12 PM

If you are a team leader and the team is able to function without you micro-managing everything, you have done your job. As a leader, you should focus on designing a team that knows how to function by itself, otherwise known as a self-managing team. As a leader, you continue to coach and assist the team, but largely, the team knows how to run itself, the ultimate goal of a well-designed team.
So, what does a self-managing team look like? Ruth Wageman outlined the makeup of a self-managing team in Critical Success Factors for Creating Superb Self-Managing Teams. Here are seven key factors that all self-managing team need to succeed.

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Motivate Your Team During Long-Term Projects

By Elizabeth Paul on Aug 4, 2016 11:12:43 AM

Working on a long-term project comes with its own set of challenges and tasks. And anyone who has worked on a long-term project knows that one of these unique challenges is staying motivated throughout the entire project.
If you are leading the team, the responsibility to keep your team motivated falls on you. It’s important that, as a leader, you are inspiring a shared vision and keeping the team morale up. But during long-term projects, it can be more difficult to keep your teammates motivated, especially during the second half of the project.
But when the team moral decreases, how do you get it back up, and how do you prevent the moral from dropping in the first place? Here are four tips to keep your team motivated during a long-term project.

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