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.
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
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.
Written by Roi Ben-Yehuda, published by LifeLabs Learning
“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
If teams practice and are used to top-down communication and way of handling decisions on a day-to-day basis, these patterns will likely become the trained muscle memory for the group and the muscles for speaking up, dissenting, and taking initiative will atrophy. Leaders can follow four meeting practices that will help bring organizational muscles that include the employee’s diverse eyes, ears and voices in shape.
Written by David Marquet, published on Forbes
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.