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Teamwork Takes Work: 7 Ways to Play Nice With Others

Teamwork Takes Work: 7 Ways to Play Nice With Others | Collaboration | Scoop.it

Remember your kindergarten report card, when you were evaluated on things like your ability to follow directions, name the colors, and sing the alphabet? It also included an early assessment of a skill that would influence your success for the rest of your life: the ability to "play well with others." The criteria were pretty basic at the time: share, wait your turn, don't hit or yell, help when someone is struggling. As you grow up, many of the same basic principles apply, but situations can be much more complicated for adults to play well together and still achieve desired results.

 

Context and personal needs often create internal conflict when trying to weigh the needs of the few against the good of the whole. And as a leader, sometimes you have to make a conscious choice to make others unhappy. Still, with a little finesse, you can meet objectives and still all play in a happy sandbox. You may not satisfy everyone all of the time, but then working together to resolve conflicts, rather than just being pleasant all of the time, can make a team stronger.


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The Learning Factor's curator insight, August 19, 2014 7:35 PM

The workplace is basically an adult sandbox. There are those that play together well, those who are aloof and of course there are bullies. These tips will help you manage them all.

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8 (Mostly) Digital Alternatives To Meetings

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8 (Mostly) Digital Alternatives To Meetings

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Stakeholder Mapping for Collaboration

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Collaboration is an important factor for successful innovation and change. Indeed, collaboration is an imperative for most organizations today, including any organization undergoing change. Innovation requires collaboration between individuals, as well as systemic forms of collaboration that span silos, networks and surprising connections. And yet collaboration cannot be mandated. Collaboration just doesn’t work like that.




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Claude Emond's comment, July 14, 2014 9:13 AM
Most stakeholder «management» tools and techniques are based on measuring (whatever it means) Power and Influence. This is mostly done without open discussion with the stakeholders and highly manipulative in its intent. It does not either consider meta game and alliance among unlikely collaborators. The model you found, Kenneth is thus a pace towards a better way, something that «engage» stakeholders instead of «managing/trying to manipulate» them. Thanks a lot :)
Claude Emond's curator insight, July 14, 2014 9:20 AM

Most stakeholder «management» tools and techniques are based on measuring (whatever it means) Power and Influence. This is mostly done without open discussion with the stakeholders and highly manipulative in its intent. It does not either consider meta game and alliance among unlikely collaborators. This model is thus a pace towards a better way, something that «engage» stakeholders instead of «managing/trying to manipulate» them.

Frank J. Papotto, Ph.D.'s curator insight, July 15, 2014 1:36 PM

Collaboration is an organizational necessity; effective organizations excel at and continuously strive to improve it

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Changing times means changing minds

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This time last week, I was preparing for another trip out of my comfort zone as Alistair Nicholls had very kindly invited me to speak at the North West Business Breakfast organised by Manchester Bu...
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The Role of Emotions in Effective Negotiations

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A simple view of negotiation presents a cold transaction between what one person has and what the other person is willing to pay for it. If the price is right, the deal gets done.

 

As anyone who has recently bought a car or sold a house knows, however, negotiations are rarely so dispassionate. As soon as the checkbook comes out a flood of emotions comes out with it—fear, anxiety, competiveness, anger, annoyance—all of which can influence what either side is willing to accept.

 


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The Learning Factor's curator insight, July 2, 2014 6:36 PM

HBS Senior Lecturer Andy Wasynczuk, a former negotiator for the New England Patriots, explores the sometimes intense role that emotions can play in negotiations.

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How to Help an Underperformer

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Don’t ignore the problem


Too often these issues go unaddressed.  “Most performance problems aren’t dealt with directly,” says Weintraub. “More often, instead of taking action, the manager will transfer the person somewhere else or let him stay put without doing anything.” This is the wrong approach. Never allow underperformance to fester on your team. It’s rare that these situations resolve themselves. It’ll just get worse. You’ll become more and more irritated and that’s going to show and make the person uncomfortable,” says Manzoni. If you have an issue, take steps toward solving it as soon as possible.

 


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Frank J. Papotto, Ph.D.'s curator insight, June 24, 2014 12:36 PM

The assumption often is that poor performance is  result of some problem with the performer, but it would be wise to examine the circumstances closely because is it a common bias for people to attribute others failures to them and de-emphasize the situation factors that may be contributing.   Compounding this, we as managers often are biased in seeing our own success as the result of our efforts and failures as a result of happenstance and not our shortcomings— making it still harder for us to see how we might contribute to others' poor performance. 

Tony Phillips's curator insight, June 24, 2014 9:25 PM

A great article worth practical ways to improve performance. ALL managers should be coached to do this type of thing.

Jill Miller, SPHR's curator insight, June 26, 2014 6:39 PM

It's tempting to delay dealing with under performers, but they rarely improve on their own. This article provides actionable advice that works in the real world. 

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Ten Tips for Building Stronger Networks in Work and Life

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Most people understand that to be successful, they need to network. But actually going out and doing it is another matter. People “are daunted by the task and believe it requires inauthentic, uncomfortable behavior and is an activity that is inconsistent with focusing on job performance,” says Jeffrey Pfeffer, a Stanford professor of organizational behavior, who covers the subject of networking as part of his Paths to Power elective course. Too often, he says, people view networking “as something that ‘is not them’ or that they could not see themselves doing.”


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The Learning Factor's curator insight, June 1, 2014 4:49 PM

Ten tips for building stronger networks in work and life.

rodrick rajive lal's curator insight, June 1, 2014 10:58 PM

For many, success comes with networking. Take for example, the Insurance industry, or for that effect Multi -Level Marketing schemes. In many cases it is all about knowing a large number of people. You might as well call it the Social Quotient, or Social intelligence! Isn't it high time we learned more about the art of building a sound Social Network? The article mentions ten tips for building a sound social network which are most helpful!

Tania Tytherleigh's curator insight, June 2, 2014 8:58 AM

A reminder of the importance of networks - the human kind!

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Is Collaboration Limited by Organizational Structure?

Is Collaboration Limited by Organizational Structure? | Collaboration | Scoop.it

Organizational design has a huge impact on decision-making and collaboration, and both reflects, and often creates, the level of collaboration and autonomy with and amongst the workforce. Culture may eat strategy for lunch but decision-making, reporting and budgeting structures can either birth or strangle both culture and strategy with both hands tied behind its back.


At this stage we have four primary organizational models along a continuum from command and control to cooperative and anarchic. From GM to Valve we might call it, with a Basecamp and a Zappos thrown in to complete the picture. Each has strengths and weaknesses.



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Kenneth Mikkelsen's curator insight, March 11, 2014 7:28 PM

I find the best work on collaboration to be Morten T. Hansen's book, Collaboration: How Leaders Avoid the Traps, Build Common Ground, and Reap Big Results.


Article related to the book: How to build a collaborative advantage from Sloan Review by Morten T. Hansen and Nitin Nohria.


Additional resources:




Resources on holacracy




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Annabel Kaye's curator insight, August 5, 2014 11:12 AM

When you add freelancers into the ix your wirearchy can be tangled

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A simple framework for Enterprise Collaboration

A simple framework for Enterprise Collaboration | Collaboration | Scoop.it
“The introduction of smarter ways of working together across the extended enterprise enabled by a new breed of innovative concepts and technologies.”

 

This is the definition of Enterprise Collaboration that I currently use when explaining it to other people, and here are three reasons why I find it useful:

If puts focus on ways of working together, and that we need to find better ways of working that make better use our individual and collective time and capacity. To do this we need to reflect more on why and how we use certains tool (a fool with a tool is still a fool).It not only stresses that new technologies are core enablers, but also new concepts such as crowdsourcing, collective intelligence, social networking, and cloud computing. ‘Across the extended enterprise’ means that the scope is not limited to teams or organizations. A collaborative effort can potentially involve any stakeholder – even customers and consumers – as well as any number of stakeholders."
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Video Collaboration Everywhere and at Every Desk

Experience "better-than-being-there" with next-generation video collaboration from Cisco. This video features new products announced at #CLUS 2014. Learn more about how video collaboration...
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Howard Rheingold: The new power of collaboration | Video on TED.com

Howard Rheingold talks about the coming world of collaboration, participatory media and collective action -- and how Wikipedia is really an outgrowth of our natural human instinct to work as a group.
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5 Ways Video Conferencing Is Bringing Exciting Collaborative Interaction To Teaching and Learning

5 Ways Video Conferencing Is Bringing Exciting Collaborative Interaction To Teaching and Learning | Collaboration | Scoop.it
Open up Your Classroom to the World With Video Conferencing Many of us are familiar with the use of computers, iPads, Smart Boards, and other technological

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Deborah Rinio's curator insight, August 20, 2014 11:20 AM

Looking for ways to bring experts into the classroom? Ask the librarian! There are tons of great resources out there and people and places that would love to share with you, from veterans to scientists to authors. Invite the world in!

Rosemary Tyrrell, Ed.D.'s curator insight, August 20, 2014 11:44 AM

Most of these suggestions are fairly obvious, but this can help spur some thinking on the many ways to use this wonderful tool. Video conferencing brings the world to your classroom and the classroom to the world!

Mirta Liliana Filgueira's curator insight, August 20, 2014 7:41 PM

Video Conferencia. Interacción colaborativa.

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Collaborative Leadership

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As an Organization Development consultant, I focus my practice on serving the leadership of organizations to effectively collaborate to affect change they would otherwise not be able to accomplish on their own. Having led my own consulting business for over nine years, I’m constantly working to develop my own leadership capacity so I’m better positioned to serve. As part of my graduate degree in organization development, I’ve worked hard over the last two years to build my own capacity as a collaborative leader.


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David Hain's curator insight, July 17, 2014 2:19 AM

One man's journey towards collaborative leadership.  Useful contribution from Ron Milam.

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How to Have Fiery Meetings and Not Blow Up

How to Have Fiery Meetings and Not Blow Up | Collaboration | Scoop.it
The alternative to fiery meetings is assembling teams that see everything from the same perspective. Uncontested unanimity is feel-good mediocrity. 7 requirements for fiery meetings: Invite dynamic...
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"Uncontested unanimity is feel-good mediocrity." 

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How to Avoid Collaboration Fatigue

How to Avoid Collaboration Fatigue | Collaboration | Scoop.it
Define the purpose and designate the final decision maker before a project starts. (The dark side of collaboration http://t.co/7CWMquzoXZ)
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Do You Really Want to Be Yourself at Work?

Do You Really Want to Be Yourself at Work? | Collaboration | Scoop.it

Would you love to work in a place where you could truly be yourself? Where you didn’t have to spend a single moment of your time and energy making sure you put only your best self forward?

 

Most people would, according to research recently published by Rob Goffee and Gareth Jones in “Creating the Best Workplace on Earth.” For three years they went around the world, asking hundreds of executives to describe the attributes of their ideal workplace. Topping the list was an environment where people could be themselves and where the company invested in developing them (and everyone they worked with) to be the very best they could be.


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The Learning Factor's curator insight, June 24, 2014 6:21 PM

Take this assessment to see how well suited you are to fulfilling your highest potential.

Graeme Reid's curator insight, June 25, 2014 10:03 PM

It seems that there are not many organisations dedicated to developing every one of its people by weaving personal growth into day-to-day work.

Heidi Babcock's curator insight, June 27, 2014 9:40 AM

Interesting...

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No Office, No Problem: 5 Strategies For Managing An All-Virtual Team

No Office, No Problem: 5 Strategies For Managing An All-Virtual Team | Collaboration | Scoop.it

Plenty of people work from home occasionally, and plenty of managers work with people in different offices. But what if no one is in the office? What if your entire company consists of people working wherever they want to work?

 

That’s the reality for a growing number of companies that find central real estate unnecessary. Managing an entirely virtual team can be a challenge, but a few strategies make it quite possible, so you can reap the benefits of this new model.

 

“It is a big recruiting draw for the right type of person,” says Lisa Breytspraak Jasper, managing partner of IT strategy consulting firm Thought Ensemble, whose 13 employees are all virtual. “It allows us to lead our lives very flexibly”--and still get stuff done.


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The Learning Factor's curator insight, May 29, 2014 6:35 PM

Your team may be in the cloud but their heads don't have to be. Get creative about building bonds, communicating, and finding what works.

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Social collaboration improves team efficiency by 20% (infographic)

Social collaboration improves team efficiency by 20% (infographic) | Collaboration | Scoop.it

Social collaboration is becoming increasingly important within organisations and it’s easy to see why. Research outlined in this infographic demonstrates how collaborative software can significantly improve team efficiency.

 

According to a recent survey, online collaboration tools will play an important role in 75% of businesses by 2013. As we are already accustomed to social networking with friends, family and (sometimes) customers, using social software to collaborate within organisations seems a logical progression.


Despite this, it is astonishing to see how much time companies waste by using email for internal communications. Professionals send and receive over 300 business emails a week and spend an average of 2-hours a day reading and responding to them. Just as worrying is the number of documents we share using email – an average 15 a day. This makes it impossible for more than one person to make edits and it quickly becomes difficult to keep track of changes.


This handy infographic from Clinked (above) shows how social collaboration software can remedy this. Collaboration tools can help to reduce email volume by 30% and make it 33% faster for teams to draft documents. According to one study, 97% using of businesses using social software said they could service more clients, more efficiently.


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ProjectManager.com's curator insight, April 17, 2013 12:42 AM

#collaboration

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Emily Rose Newton's curator insight, August 21, 2014 2:38 AM

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By this source, I would assume people would have grasped the idea of CI, and its presence in an online world. This infographic explains through facts and figures the power that the internet has at impacting CI. These facts are somewhat astounding (although a few years outdated) as we witness how collaborative software and the internet are able to improve productivity. 

This infographic shows a more physical impact that CI has in a modern world as we begin to understand just how often we use it with websites such as Facebook, Wikipedia, Gmail.

Published on a social media professionals blog, this is an explanation of certain insights in a way in which people who aren't necessarily tech-savvy can understand. Going through his other posts, I believe he is also a big online curator and find him to be a trusted and authoritative source.

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The 5 Best Free Collaboration Tools for Teachers

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In an increasingly connected world, it’s imperative for individuals to be able to work together on projects. Collaboration is essential for you as an educator and for your students as they journey through the world of academia.

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Christopher Pappas's curator insight, October 18, 2013 5:07 PM

How To Use The 5 Best Free Collaboration Tools for Teachers

 

In an increasingly connected world, it’s imperative for individuals to be able to work together on projects. Collaboration is essential for you as an educator and for your students as they journey through the world of academia. Utilize these 5 Best Free Collaboration Tools for Teachers to collaborate effectively with colleagues or to encourage your students to come together and create something amazing.


http://elearningindustry.com/the-5-best-free-collaboration-tools-for-teachers

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Teamwork the Key to Success

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John Bean's curator insight, October 23, 2013 12:12 PM

Dan Watson and the article / author are right on - teamwork is a critical ingredient to any business' success.  The 6 team mate type discussion is definitely something to consider. 

 

In essence - this also speaks to the power of true Diversity and Inclusion.  D&I is more of a business imperitive than a social cause - as to ignore D & I is to pay lip service to "team work", and "leaves money on the table".  The article through the 6 team mate types speaks to valuing diversity of opinion, style, and background; and inclusion as valuable to a highly performing team.

Vincent Picton's curator insight, August 18, 2014 10:07 AM

I do not necessarily agree with this saying, but I feel that teamwork may lead to success faster.

 

It is true that one person may not be able to complete the jobs that five people could due to lack of skills, but if that person was very skilled they may be able to complete the task, it would just take them longer.

 

This is how I felt sitting with the client in the waiting room.

wimi-teamwork.com's curator insight, December 9, 2014 4:28 AM

Don't try to build a team in your own image. Aim for a diversity of skills and outlooks on life. You'll challenge yourself by surrounding yourself with strong thinkers-