The Team As the Basic Workplace Unit Organizations are comprised of individuals. We spend lots of time and money trying to get those individuals to perform well. That's desirable. But there's another perspective. Each individual can perform well. But if they can't work effectively with each other, your business will suffer. The basic human performance unit of the workplace isn't the individual.
Sometimes groups find themselves in a bad place. Team members are burned out, demoralized and just plain cranky. It can happen to the best of them. If it happens to your team, you've got to jump in and help the team change directions. So what's a good way to deal with this? First of all you've got to help the team acknowledge the situation. People won't change a thing if they don't recognize something needs changing.
In business, there is a lot of emphasis placed on individual accomplishments. Companies choose an employee of the month, recognize the top seller for their efforts, and pay commissions or bonuses to those who meet personal quotas. While this can provide great results in the short term, a much more effective approach to increasing the productivity of your company is to focus more on leadership and team building than on personal productivity.
Dale Carnegie was born in poverty in Missouri in 1888. He became a writer and lecturer, and the developer of famous courses in self-improvement, salesmanship, corporate training, public speaking and interpersonal skills. His most popular book was "How to Win Friends and Influence People", first published in 1936. The book was a bestseller, in its 17th print run within a few months.
Most data cabling companies face a choice of two distinctly different business development paths. Some spend most of their marketing, sales, and business development resources pursuing large major bid opportunities with Fortune 1000 enterprises and government entities. Other data cabling companies do a lot more in the small business space, where installations typically involve networks of anywhere from 10-100 nodes.
When it comes to money and investing, a group-think mentality is often the method of choice. Anyone who has ever watched or studied the stock market understands the power of collective thinking and investing. Sometimes this approach works, but more often than not it fails. The reason is that groupthink mentality piles layer and layer of action upon one initial thought or idea.
There has been a big push in the real estate industry for agents to establish teams. The number of agents using listing coordinators, transaction coordinators, marketing coordinators, runners, buyers' agents, and listing agents has increased drastically in the last few years. I was one of the first agents in my sales area of Portland, Oregon to elicit the help of assistants to build a larger, better practice.
"I am so tired of being on this team. I could talk until my face turns blue and no one ever listens" "What's the point in this stupid team we never get anything accomplished and all it does is waste my time." Does any of this sound familiar? Does this sound like a team you would like to join? Most people have experienced at least once in their adult life a team where people sit and complain about everything and anything.
Team building exercises can be a critical component to developing a high performance team. The following are five simple exercises that can help your team build trust and optimize collaboration. Egg Drop Provide a team of three to five people with 1 egg, several straws, masking tape and other materials that might protect an egg (paper plates, cotton balls, popsicle sticks, etc.
"If you have an apple and I have an apple and we exchange these apples, then you and I will still each have one apple. But if you have an idea and I have an idea and we exchange these ideas, then each of us will have two ideas." - George Bernard Shaw Collaboration is powerful when it's done in the spirit of mutual success. This is especially important for solo professionals because when we find the right collaborative partners we think bigger, achieve more, and have more fun!