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Four roles to improve team collaboration

Four roles to improve team collaboration | Cultural Trendz |
In today's increasingly complex business world, most work gets done within a matrix of internal teammates and external partners, some of whom report directly to you and others who do not. Gone are the days of traditional functional structures, particularly for businesses with multiple products, services and locations. Today, organizational charts have more dotted lines than Los Angeles freeway. As a result, collaboration is a critical success factor for winning teams. The word says it all: "co-labor," to work together. A common problem in this area is confusing collaboration with consensus. Consensus is a form of decision-making, whereas collaboration is a way of working together. Business is not a democracy, and everyone does not get to vote on everything. Sliding down the slippery slope of consensus will put the brakes on your business. Morphing collaboration into consensus can start looking like a trial jury--it enables any one person to hit the emergency brake on a decision. As we know, juries are not known for speedy decision-making. Certainly, there are strategic decisions that you want all team members to buy into before moving forward, but 99% of business decisions within a matrix organization are made with a collaborative process. To collaborate well, you must clarify four key roles on any team. There are plenty of models and cute acronyms for these roles, but I prefer the clarity of simple language and definitions: LEAD the team. This role is the person ultimately responsible for the completion of a project or task, and the one who delegates work. There must be only one lead specified per project or task, and s/he is the one who makes final decisions after considering input from others. DO the work. People with this role directly perform the tasks assigned by the lead. Others can be delegated to assist in doing the work. Performers seek input from subject matter experts. SHARE expertise. In a consulting role are those whose opinions are sought, typically subject matter experts. There must be two-way communication between the performers and experts about best practices and alternative approaches. Get INFORMED. The final role belongs to anyone who is kept up-to-date on progress, often only on completion of milestones. Here, communication is just one way. Clearly communicate and agree to these roles before you begin any project or initiative. Keep it simple and your effective collaboration will generate fast results!
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Teamwork also requires trust and respect.
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Stress-free posture for work presentations | WorkLife Nation

Workplace stress takes on a whole new meaning for some when they are told they have to make a presentation in front of their colleagues. In fact, psychology experts say that many fear speaking in public, more than they fear death. If that is your experience, oddly enough you can rely on your posture to help you appear more confident in front of your peers and potential clients, even when you are stressed beyond belief.

 Posture Tells Your Story

Posture reflects self image. Envision a situation where you are afraid. Take notice of your posture. Did you cower? Did your shoulders come forward and head hang lower? Your posture can manifest your thoughts of fear. If your posture doesn’t exhibit confidence, your audience may not “buy into” your presentation.

Think of a superhero about to save a victim in a dangerous scenario. The victim often trusts him, partly because the superhero exudes confidence. The superhero usually faces fear with his shoulders back and chest out as he makes a deep voiced declarative statement about saving the world.  He may be scared, but his posture doesn’t portray that and you believe this guy can do anything.  When you speak in public, you want your audience to believe in you and see you as the authority.  Posture can help convey self confidence and improve your voice during your presentation.

 “UP UP and AWAY!”

(To quote my superhero buddy) Think of those words as you are about to stand in front of your audience. You want to be “UP, UP and AWAY”. Think of standing UP tall and projecting that voice AWAY from you to the audience.

If you’re in a dangerous situation, who would you trust when you hear the words, “I will save you?” Would you be confident in the superhero, or the other person who