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.
Even the largest, most hierarchical organizations, like the military and global multinationals, are seeing the need to create practices of empowerment and distributed decision making that will keep the company nimble and innovating, and make the organization more resilient. Whether this ultimately gets to a “bossless” state of self-management for most companies is unlikely, but there is mounting evidence that the movement towards greater empowerment is both necessary and inevitable.
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Written Edwin Jansen, published on Medium
“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.
Written by Christina Wodtke, published by ProductCoaltion
A team retreat is something executives plan thinking that hot tubs and alcohol will solve their problems. Of course, you should plan for team bonding and fun during an offsite, but actual change can only manifest through hard work and mutual understanding. In this article Bud Caddell, founder of NOBL Collective, shares the Do’s and Don’ts for effective team offsites.
Written and published by breather
Despite your best intentions and efforts, it is inevitable: At some point in your life, you will be wrong. But mistakes can be hard to digest, so sometimes we double down rather than face them. Our confirmation bias kicks in, causing us to seek out evidence to prove what we already believe. Psychologists call this cognitive dissonance — the stress we experience when we hold two contradictory thoughts, beliefs, opinions or attitudes.
Written by Kristin Wong for The New York Times
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
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.