Manchester Inc., a consulting firm near Philadelphia, surveyed more then 825 human resource managers nationwide to find that 82% of the respondents named the failure to build partnerships and teamwork the number one problem confronting newly appointed managers.
Working in a team should be more efficient and successful then working alone. But every team has to be put together properly and has to follow a few rules to be a success.
Working alone makes sense when:
Team work makes sense when
Let's take a look at this graphic:
The success factors for every team can be divided into measurable (hard) and non-measurable (soft) factors. Both are important for the success of a team but very often we find that team leaders concentrate more on one and not both.
Can you name some hard and soft factors?
Designing a successful team is an art. You can't just throw a few folks together and then expect great results. Not that it doesn't happen all the time...
Do you know how to design a successful team?
Some say that every team needs rules given from the team leader. I have seen teams with and without rules functioning very well and also being dysfunctional - it all depends on how the team was designed!
Every team has to deal with conflicts - do you know which ones are constructive and which ones are destructive?
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