A Practical Guide To Cross-Functional Work

While certain organizational structures make cross-functional teaming simpler or easier to accomplish, the organizations who have found the most success in working this way know cross-functional collaboration is a discipline.

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Written by Alison Randel, published by The Ready

Overcoming The 5 Dysfunctions Of A Team

Effective teamwork ultimately comes down to practicing a small set of principles (not a sophisticated theory) over a long period of time with uncommon levels of discipline and persistence.

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Written for The Mission, published on Medium

How To Be Ruthless With Your Time Without Being Ruthless With Your Team

The key to manage your time and maintain positive and resilient relationships with your co-workers lies in communicating preemptively, setting expectations and norms, making people part of the process, and finding structured and creative ways to problem solve together.

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Written by Roi Ben-Yehuda, published by LifeLabs Learning

Design The Team You Need To Succeed

“High Performing Team” is the holy grail for modern companies. This article features and unpacks three themes on helping teams to succeed and solving for the mystery of highly effective team collaboration.

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Written by Christina Wodtke, published by ProductCoaltion

The Science Behind Effective Teams

What factors play into turning a group of individuals into an engaged, high-performing team? In his talk at BetterWorks Goal Summit 2016, Google’s VP of People Operations Prasad Setty dives into Google’s best practices and recent research on the driving forces behind team effectiveness.

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How We Structure Our Work And Teams At Basecamp

An inside look at the specifics of how at Basecamp work cycles and projects are managed.

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Article by Jason Fried, Founder & CEO of Basecamp

The Five Dysfunctions Of A Team

Patrick Lencioni is the author of several bestselling books, including “The five dysfunctions of a team”. In this entertaining talk he speaks about the essential elements for high performing teams. I also highly recommend reading his book “The Advantage: Why Organizational Health Trumps Everything in Business” in which Patrick provides a foundational construct for conducting business in a way that maximizes human potential and aligns the organization around a common set of principles.

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How To Address Conflict In The Workplace

Sometimes it seems like working in a group is synonymous with conflict. If there’s a notable issue between colleagues, chances are tensions have been mounting for some time. To avoid damaging the team’s ability to work well together, it’s important to address the possibility of conflict directly before it comes to a head. While dealing with conflict is unpleasant for most, five exercises described in this article can help improve a team’s conflict management skills.


Article by NOBL Collective

The Serious Fun Of Shared Experiences At Work

Sometimes the most serious work can be a matter of play. Once a team is formed, ongoing shared experiences continuously elevate its performance. They help to shape values, norms, and behaviors that allow people to get work done more efficiently and effectively.


Article by Augusto Giacoman for stategy+business

What Google Learned About Building Effective Teams

Collaborative teams do much of the work at organizations everywhere, so a research team from Google’s People Analytics group set out to determine what makes for an effective team at Google. And it turns out the how matters more than who.

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