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Why Team Building is Vital to your Success

By |November 19th, 2014|Leadership, Qualifications, Qualifications Advanced Diploma, Qualifications Certificate IV, Qualifications Diploma, Schools, Shortcourses, Training|

Great teamwork is one of the most important keys to your company’s success. The more harmoniously people work together, the better it is for your company. Teamwork is the way that things get done these days – and if you don’t have a cohesive team, you’re seriously handicapping your company out in the marketplace. Team building is necessary for success because it’s unnatural for people to come together in a new group and immediately begin to get along. Throughout history, building a team has been the function of shared experiences and history. When that experience and history is lacking, it’s difficult for a group to share a common vision and goal, or to function together in a way that promotes the best qualities of each team participant. In other words – to function as a team. Getting your employees to stop thinking of each other as competitors and start working [...]

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Work Teams: Tips and Hints

By |June 20th, 2014|Leadership, Qualifications, Qualifications Advanced Diploma, School of Business, School of Management|

To end this week's focus on Work Teams and building effective team in the workplace, here are some final thoughts, tips and hints for you to take advantage of! People are important The success of the Japanese management philosophy kaizen, or continuous improvement, helped Western business to rethink the traditional industrial-age organisation. Kaizen is based on viewing the company as a team striving, with the full participation of the rank-and-file, to continuously improve the organisation. One of the architects of this philosophy was an American, the legendary W Edwards Deming. Upon his return to the United States, Deming was asked what the Japanese had taught him. Without looking up from his dinner, he replied: 'People are important.' Harvey Robbins & Michael Finley in Why Teams Don't Work.   A team in decline Something is wrong in your administrative team or work group if individuals who have normally been supportive and reasonable [...]

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Effective Work Teams

By |June 18th, 2014|Leadership, School of Management, Shortcourses, Soft Skills, Training|

This week we are focusing on building strong work teams in your organisation and workplace. As a manager, it's important to know who will work well together and what personalities, skills and learning styles will fit together to work most effectively.  "The psychologist B.W. Tuckman identified the four stages of a team’s developmental process: Forming - learning to deal with one another. Storming - conflicts are brought to the surface and must be resolved. Norming - team members settle into their roles and a team feeling begins to develop. Performing - the team is united and working on the task at hand." Quoted in Why Teams Don't Work, Harvey Robbins & Michael Finley, Petersons Books, 1995. Smile & ponder This is the story about four individuals named Everybody, Somebody, Anybody, and Nobody. There was an important job to be done, and Everybody was asked to do it. Everybody was sure that [...]

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