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Teamwork - YouTube

Downloads are available at http://www.ignitermedia.com. Johnny and Chachi explain the importance of 'teamwork' in a somewhat creative way.
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Improving Group Dynamics - Team Management Skills From MindTools.com

Improving Group Dynamics - Team Management Skills From MindTools.com | Serious Play | Scoop.it
Learn how to help your people work together more effectively.

 

In this article, we'll look at what group dynamics are, and why they matter. We'll then discuss some examples of poor group dynamics, and we'll outline some tools that you can use to deal with them. 

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The Decisive Factor for Successful Team Building Activities

The Decisive Factor for Successful Team Building Activities | Serious Play | Scoop.it
If you are reading this article, you either have an idea about what makes the best team building activity and want to see if I know what I’m talking about, or you want to learn what is the most important ingredient for building teams.
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Facilitating Collaborative Learning: 20 Things You Need to Know From the Pros

Facilitating Collaborative Learning: 20 Things You Need to Know From the Pros | Serious Play | Scoop.it
What are some ways to include best practices for collaborative learning in our classroom?

Read more: http://newsroom.opencolleges.edu.au/features/facilitating-collaborative-learning-20-things-you-need-to-know-from-the-pros/#ixzz2F3UveW00
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The Cooperative Instinct

The Cooperative Instinct | Serious Play | Scoop.it
A new study finds that our first, quickest impulse is to cooperate, not compete.

So here’s the game. I give you some money—let’s say $10—and tell you the following: you’re playing with three other people that you don’t know and may never meet, and each of you have been given the same amount to start with. You are all invited to contribute any amount of your money to a common pool. Once everyone has contributed, the game doubles the amount in the pool, then gives each player an equal portion of that doubled amount. What do you do? How much do you put in?

 

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Strategies for effective group work in the Online Class

Strategies for effective group work in the Online Class | Serious Play | Scoop.it
This is the 2nd post in a 3 part series on group work in online learning communities. Post 1, featured why we need group work in online learning,  and post 3, will be on how to evaluate group work ...
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10 TED Talks Every Team Should Watch | OnlineMBA

10 TED Talks Every Team Should Watch | OnlineMBA | Serious Play | Scoop.it

"While individual achievement can be great, sometimes it takes some serious teamwork to get things done, from winning a game to completing a client project on time. Unfortunately, working in a team comes with its own host of challenges, as sometimes egos clash and not everyone is on the same page when it comes to work ethic. No matter what your personal challenges are, it’s important to remind yourself why working in a team can be the best way to go and also to learn some new ways you can improve the group dynamic and get more out of your team effort. These TED talks offer a little bit of both, exploring the power of collaboration and offering tips and tools for better communication, productivity, and more."

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10 Ways to Enhance Your Team Collaboration Skills

10 Ways to Enhance Your Team Collaboration Skills | Serious Play | Scoop.it

It takes a great entrepreneur with a great vision to start a business, but it takes a collaboration of many people to make it a success. That’s where leadership comes in as a key ingredient, to drive the collaborative process to make the whole team better than the sum of the parts.


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The 6 Group Dynamics Of High-Performing Teams

The 6 Group Dynamics Of High-Performing Teams | Serious Play | Scoop.it
In an age where all of us are communicating more and more through electronic devices instead of actual conversation, teamwork suffers.
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Between Minds: An Ongoing Taxonomy of Team Dynamics

Between Minds: An Ongoing Taxonomy of Team Dynamics | Serious Play | Scoop.it
When a team doesn't function this effectively, it's possible that members are tasked assignments that don't play to their strengths.
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Team Building | Buzzle.com

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Team Building
Talking about team building and healthy team communication is easy, but building team spirit and keeping the team spirited all the time is not as easy as it seems. You need to be a true leader to build a healthy team. Learn about team building tips and activities, in these articles. Keep reading.

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Top Tips for Planning a Team Building Activity!

Top Tips for Planning a Team Building Activity! | Serious Play | Scoop.it
Team Building Activities are not only great tools to help build and develop relationships between colleagues, but they are also extremely valuable when it comes to increasing employee motivation, r...
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How to Create a Positive School Climate

How to Create a Positive School Climate | Serious Play | Scoop.it
Three practical, research-based suggestions for one of the most effective and important things school leaders can do.
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"Here are some research-based suggestions for school leaders on how to start cultivating a positive school climate:

1) Assess the current climate. 

2) Create a shared vision—but start with personal visions.

3) Work together to carry out the shared vision—and make it fun!"


I think these are also good tips  to create a positive work climate in organizations. A positive work climate it's the real key to Organizational Success.

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Team Effectiveness Assessment - Management Training from MindTools.com

Team Effectiveness Assessment - Management Training from MindTools.com | Serious Play | Scoop.it
Use our interactive quiz to find out how good a team player you are and how effectively your team is working, and get advice on which tools will help you improve.
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Keith Yamashita: The 3 Habits of Great Creative Teams

Keith Yamashita: The 3 Habits of Great Creative Teams | Serious Play | Scoop.it

When the your team is faced with adversity does it stand strong and act boldly or does it crumble under pressure? Based on his work with over 1000 teams, Keith Yamashita shares his insights about great collaborative environments including:


1. have an awareness beyond your day-to-day,

2. respect the unique talents of your team members,

3. and actively cultivate meaningful one-on-one relationships.  

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playmeo Leadership Blog | Great ideas, programming advice & practical tips for teachers and leaders

playmeo Leadership Blog | Great ideas, programming advice & practical tips for teachers and leaders | Serious Play | Scoop.it

Here’s an article that contains some useful and practical leadership advice about the value of play...

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Great blog, full of good, practical tips for trainers, facilitators...

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The Jigsaw Classroom: Overview of the Technique

The Jigsaw Classroom: Overview of the Technique | Serious Play | Scoop.it
The jigsaw technique is a cooperative learning approach that reduces racial conflict among school children, promotes better learning, improves student motivation, and increases enjoyment of the learning experience.
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» Feeling Resentful? 6 Hard Facts About Shared Work - World of Psychology

One obstacle to happiness is feeling resentful when another person won’t do his or her share of the work.

 

Resentment comes when you feel angry that you’ve been treated unfairly. But what is “fair” when deciding who should do what work? As I thought about my own (not infrequent) bouts of resentment, I identified these Six Facts About Shared Work.

 

Fact 1: Work done by other people sounds easy.

 

Fact 2: When you’re doing a job that benefits other people, it’s easy to assume that they feel conscious of the fact that you’re doing this work — that they should feel grateful, and that they should and do feel guilty about not helping you.

 

Fact 3: It’s hard to avoid “unconscious overclaiming.”

 

Fact 4: Taking turns is easier than sharing.

 

Fact 5: The person who cares the most will often end up doing a task.

 

Fact 6: If you want someone else to do a task, don’t do it yourself.

 

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How to Avoid the Wet Blanket Phenomena In Creative Collaborations

How to Avoid the Wet Blanket Phenomena In Creative Collaborations | Serious Play | Scoop.it
Maybe the one wheel car was not a good idea
Exploring effective practices that support teams engaged in a collaborative creative endeavor.
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What is Groupthink? | ReadyToManage

What is Groupthink? | ReadyToManage | Serious Play | Scoop.it

Although it is a relatively new phenomenon in teams, and mostly attributed to the research work of Irving Janis at Yale University in the early 1970’s, Groupthink has become a significant concern to any people who operate a team situation. Groupthink occurs in organizations and teams which do not have high levels of healthy or constructive conflict. In other words, this is not destructive conflict but conflict in terms of ideas, how to achieve goals and when resources need to be changed or re-aligned. A team is especially vulnerable to groupthink when its members are similar in background, experience or attitudes and when the group is particularly protected or insulated from external opinions.

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Creating Team Standards | Dr Jason Jones

Creating Team Standards | Dr Jason Jones | Serious Play | Scoop.it

A set of “Team Standards” can help a team become more committed, motivated, and collaborative. Team standards are not as much rules as they are standard operating procedures for work and interaction. Managers can help support a team’s success by facilitating a group discussion that identifies these standards.

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Teampedia

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Teampedia is a collaborative encyclopedia of free team building activities, free icebreakers, teamwork resources, and tools for teams that anyone can edit!
This site is designed for a wide audience including: team leaders, trainers, teachers, managers, camp directors, counselors, and youth groups.

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3 Funny Teamwork Videos You Might Want to Share - Teamwork and Leadership Bloggings

Teams don't become great teams until they learn to work together. I thought you might enjoy these three funny teamwork videos I found recently.
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3 Things to Remember for Better Team Building Activities - Teamwork and Leadership Bloggings

3 Things to Remember for Better Team Building Activities - Teamwork and Leadership Bloggings | Serious Play | Scoop.it

Why do team building activities fail? Answer: Most lack planning. The problem isn't necessarily the activities, but the lack of planning and understanding what the teams needs are. Here are three important things to consider when doing team building activities.

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