Are You Facing These Problems In Your Team Too?
- Why is open and honest communication so hard? How can I get my team members to talk to each other about difficult issues and give each other feedback without causing grief, misunderstandings, and conflict?
- Why don't people accept changes in processes and policies without whining and giving me a bunch of grief? On top of that, it's difficult to bring everyone together as a team because personality conflicts interfere.
- How do I get different departments to work with each other? Most of the time the communication is via email and not in person, though they are all in the same office! They still act as individual "silos."
- Why are meetings such a time suck? Isn't there a way to have an efficient meeting without them going on forever?
- How do I get supervisors to acknowledge that they have a problem with lack of teamwork when they are part of the dysfunction?
- Can't we just graduate from second grade already? Teams spend more time telling on each other and their own leaders. This creates major mistrust issues in the teams, and casts doubts on my leadership ability.
- How do I get more time? All we do is meet program deadlines and client outcomes which means we have no time for getting together to engage in activities such as brainstorming, planning, encouraging or supporting each other as a team.
- Doesn't executive management understand we are working with people here, not robots? Stronger people support from them would help a ton.
How To Conduct Meetings That Achieve Results
Meetings are the main stay of teams. Effective meetings are critical to high performance and can be improved with a few simple adjustments.
How to Make Team Decisions That Stick
Using a structured process to clarify what you are deciding before you spend the time needed actually making the decision. This is a real team decision making time saver!
How to Keep Team Members Informed
Prioritize and identify what information is important to share within the team and how to do that effectively so no one is left out of the loop.
How to Improve Team Member Accountability
Define what acceptable team behavior is and what to do to help every team member be accountable for their actions.
How to Clarify Team Roles So Nothing Falls Through The Cracks
Clarify team roles and responsibilities, and apply that process to your own team members’ work roles.
How to Keep Team Members from Drowning During Organizational Change
Making sure your team is involved in activities that make change easier and that they have the information to function effectively.
How to Resolve Conflict That is Destroying Your Team
An effective method to help team members’ work through conflict and make it a source of positive energy for your team.
How to Manage Team – Management Communication
Opening communication channels to ensure both the team and management are getting the information they need.
How to Make the Best Use of Team Member Resources
Encouraging team members to look for ways to make better use of each other’s skills, and to develop the team’s overall “bench strength.”
How to Improve Team Methods and Procedures
Assessing problems in a current method or procedure, how to develop a problem statement, how to determine the root cause and actions for correction.
How to Define the Line Between Team Member and Leader Authority
Determine the most effective way for team members to work with the leader in providing direction for the team and sharing the leadership role.
How To Measure The Performance Of Your Team
What gets measured in your team is what gets done. Turn anecdotal evidence into actual measures for your team.
So I bet you're wondering whether this will work with your team. Here are some common questions.
My team is different so regular training stuff doesn’t work.
Yes, your team is different. Every team is different. But what’s not different about every single team is that it’s made up of people working together to achieve a common goal. To do that, there are ways the team must function to be the highest performing. I firmly believe that people come to work wanting to make a contribution and do a good job. But sadly, most of them aren’t quite sure how when it comes to working in a team. Without any kind of training, it can be a real land mine of problems that inhibit the team’s ability to get work done.
My team is virtual and we don’t have a chance to get together in person.
Virtual teams definitely add an additional layer of complication to working together and actually require more attention than a team that spends all of its time face to face. But that doesn't mean it’s impossible. The key is to focus on what methods will work with your virtual team rather than what won’t work.
My team works in shifts so getting them all in one place at the same time is just not possible.
Shift work can be a real challenge too. But there are key activities you can put in place to make this a non-issue. Just like virtual teams, teams that work shifts actually require more “up front” attention to get foundational items in place so they can work smoothly together.
None of us (me or my team) have time to devote to any kind of training. We're just too busy.
I get that. We’re all really busy. In today’s business environment, we’re all trying to do more with less. That’s the beauty of this training. You can devote small pockets of time to work through your team issues to get them resolved. You don’t have to spend days or weeks in a training program before you’re finished.
“Real work” takes priority over anything else and there’s no way we could squeeze this in.
Being an effective, high performance team is part of the day to day real work so this is a mindset shift that will take place in your team as you make changes. It’s not separate at all. Think of it this way. Working and functioning together in a less than ideal way (which is what you are probably facing right now) is part of the day to day. Working together better can be too.
There’s no budget for training.
The toolbox is an affordable option that can be used over and over again. There are three options to choose from so you can pick the right one for your situation.
I've tried that team building stuff and it never seems to stick.
Most of the team building solutions out today promise you that in a single day together your team will be permanently “fixed.” That’s just not possible. There’s typically no follow through and no way to take the lessons learned back to the workplace. The team building tool box provides you with step by step “how to” guides that help you walk your team through your specific issue, so you can develop solutions and action plans for making the change stick.
About The Author - Denise O'Berry
Hello! I've been working with teams and team leadership in the public, non profit and private sectors for over twenty years. I get a lot of joy from working with teams and their leadership to help them improve and work through team issues. The one universal truth about working together is that it's about people. My advice comes from the heart along with years of experience working as a team member, team leader, manager and owner of my own company. I have truly walked in your shoes and want to save you the frustration that often comes with managing a unique team of individuals. You’ll get my years of experience working with teams and leadership boiled down to 12 step-by-step action guides. All for a lot less than hiring a high priced consultant. And you’ll get results.
Whether your team is just forming or has been together a while, the 12 step-by-step action guides in this program will help you build (or rebuild) the proper team foundation that will minimize team building problems and help you get the team results you expect.
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I know making an investment in this program is a big step. I also know you’ll get results when you put it into action. That’s why I offer a full 30 day money back guarantee. Important Note: To be eligible for refund, you must actually use some of the training with your team. If you can show me you’ve completed the necessary work with your team and haven’t seen any new results, I’ll happily refund 100% of the fee.
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